Putting aside some of the comments made by Seagate’s CEO earlier this year, Toshiba happens to see a huge market potential for flash-based Solid State Drives (SSDs).
The President of Toshiba Semiconductor, Shozo Saito, recently said that he believes that by 2011, at least 25% of all notebooks will have SSDs, and that he expects the market to grow an average of 133% over the next several years.
He mentioned that costs should come down while capacities go up, and that Toshiba is working on some of the issues regarding SSDs, namely concerns about rewriting data:
â€œIf data is efficiently concentrated and stored in caches in an effort to reduce the frequency of rewrites, rewrites on SSDs can be reduced to a number far below 10,000 times in five years, even for heavy PC users.”
SSDs, because of their light weight, durability, and lowered battery costs, are turning out to be important to ultraportable laptops, and are being used in high-end laptops, from the MacBook Air and ThinkPad X300 down to the $400 Asus Eee PC.