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Forbes Article: Digital Storage Projections For 2019, Part 1

By December 21, 2018May 12th, 2021No Comments

In 2016 and 2017 NAND and SSD prices rose due to shortages due to strong demand and limited supply. Starting in mid-2018 the shortage in NAND flash memory was satisfied and with new 3D NAND factories coming on-line and with demand for smart phones slowing, the industry moved into an oversupply situation. This resulting in declining prices for NAND flash in the latter half of 2018. There are projections that the decline in NAND flash, and thus SSDs prices, will continue in 2019, with a 10 percent drop in price per GB expected in CQ1 2019. DRAM memory also declined in price in the second half of 2018, with continued declines expected in 2019.
Western Digital has been pursuing RISC-V technology. The company intends to incorporate an open source RISC core (SwerVE) into a new generation of controllers (for HDDs as well as SSDs). This will enable special purpose processing capabilities in future HDDs and SSDs, perhaps enabling computational storage in these devices.
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