NAND flash shortage leads to higher SSD prices, fewer drive shipments


SSD prices are expected to rise in the first half of 2017.

The growth in the solid-state storage market has followed the usual path of progress for new technologies — high prices and limited specs of the first products increasingly give way to more and more for less and less as companies gain manufacturing efficiencies and demand leads to lower prices. A 128GB SSD that once costs hundreds of dollars can now be purchased for $50.

But that progress has hit a roadblock, as SSDs have become a victim of their own success. According to a new report by DRAMeXchange, a crimp in the supply of NAND flash — the drives’…

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