SSD prices continue to fall

The prices for SSD drives have continued to fall and are now a third of what they were in 2010.

According to iSuppli, in 2010 a gigabyte of SSD would set you back $3 and now you can pick up the same space for a buck.

The figures show that the price for SSDs dropped 20 percent in the second quarter of 2012 alone. SSD prices fell another 10 percent in the second half of the year.

Some of the better deals for SSDs are now around 80 to 90 cents for a gigabyte.

Ryan Chien, an IHS SSD and storage analyst said that the main reason for the falling prices was the oversupply of NAND flash memory.

However, prices should be dropping as manufacturing is now more in line with demand and prices have begun to stabilise, Chien said.

Even with the dramatic price drops, SSDs are still seen as niche purchases. He said that HDDs and DRAM are not sexy, but they do far more aftermarket business than SSDs.

Intel and Samsung continue to lead the market, followed by OCZ, Micron and Kingston.

Sales to equipment manufacturers are the biggest market for SSDs, rather than stand alone sales. In that market, the top players are Samsung, Toshiba, Intel, Micron, and Sandisk, Chien said.

He said that the world was seeing the fastest decline in SSD prices in three years, but expects to see prices per drive stabilise and the size of the drives substantially grow over the next few years.