The sharp dropping in the price of NAND Flash will speed up the popularization of SSD
According to the prediction from the people in Memory storage industry, the sharp dropping in the price of NAND Flash will speed up the popularization of SSD storage; there is half share of the storage market that could be occupied by PCIe/NVMe SSD before the end of this year.
The demand for flash memory fell sharply at the end of 2018 and the first quarter of 2019, but the need of smartphones, laptops, GPS, Dash Cam servers and the other products using NAND flash memory is expected to rebound. The increase will be gradually emerging in the Q2 of 2019.
The analyst Ben Yeh from DRAMeXchange, mention that the suppliers from the SSD market will face downward pressure on the prices of 512GB/1TB. As the value share of PCIe SSD among all the products shipment continues to increase, the average selling price will fall, therefore the purchase rate of SSD in laptops will keep increasing.
“There is a lot of room for the sales growth in the enterprise market, “ Mr. Yeh said. “Suppliers are focus on the high-margin PCIe/NVMe products.” As the demand for servers and data centers heats up, he adds, there will be more and more opportunities for the competition.
According to another report from Digitimes, the market share of PCIe SSD will reach 50% by the end of 2019; it is going to have one amazing increase.
The increasing share is mainly due to the price gap between the two different storage media getting small. The unit price of 512GB PCIe SSD fell 11% to $55 in the first quarter of 2019, comparing with SATA, the unit price of SATA SSD just dropped 9%, and the price gap continued to narrow, however, the price difference was 30% in 2018, the report said.
Digitimes also quoted the words from CK Chang, president of SSD manufacturer Apacer Technology; it was saying that consumer-grade PCIe SSD will gradually replace SATA SSD in all ranges, and it will be widely used in industrial control systems and data centers.