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A 1TB SSD could cost less than $50 by Christmas - here’s why

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SK Hynix, the local South Korean rival to Samsung (semiconductor), announced the start of production of the world’s first 128-layer NAND chips which is a triple-level cell (TLC), 1-terabit part.

This is the fundamental building block for SSD (solid state drives) and doing so will allow Hynix, the fifth largest chip maker, to improve its forecasts for year’s end.

The company leapfrogged rivals by using a proprietary four-dimensional (4D) NAND technology, an extraordinary feat given that it announced its 96-layer chip only in November 2018.

The chip maker also confirmed that it has improved the bit productivity per wafer, reduced the manufacturing process needed to churn these chips out and started work on an even denser, 176-layer chip.

This translates into cheaper production costs and ultimately (and hopefully), a cheaper price tag for the end user.

No corners cut

The previous generation of ultra cheap SSD devices was made possible by the arrival of 3D NAND Flash. The ADATA Ultimate SU650, the Silicon Power Ace A55 or the Team Group L5 Lite owe their affordability to this technology.

With a full six months before the lucrative Christmas period, we can expect the 1TB SSD barrier to fall below $50 in the US (about £40, or AU$70) as a glut of chips (due to excess inventory) and SK Hynix’s deliberate attempts to capture marketshare push down prices even further.

The current price champion is the Pioneer 1TB SSD which can be had for $82.50 (about £65, or AU$118) when purchased in packs of 10 from Amazon. Hopefully we'll see even lower prices soon.

Via Koreatimes

Desire Athow

Managing Editor, TechRadar Pro

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Then followed a weekly tech column in a local business magazine in Mauritius, a late night tech radio programme called Clicplus and a freelancing gig at the now-defunct, Theinquirer, with the legendary Mike Magee as mentor. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global techfests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. He has an affinity for anything hardware and staunchly refuses to stop writing reviews of obscure products or cover niche B2B software-as-a-service providers.