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Intel says SSDs will reach HDD TCO crossover in 2022, pushes PLC and new drives

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Intel says SSDs will reach total cost of ownership crossover with hard disk drives in 2022. It’s also launching new SSDs, and sees PLC – that’s five bits per cell – NAND being used in its future SSDs.


Intel’s Rob Crooke, general manger of its Non-volatile Storage Group, said during a Memory and Storage Moment briefing today that 3D multi-layer NAND developments would enable a total cost of ownership cross-over between SSDs and hard drives in about a year’s time. 




Source: https://blocksandfiles.com/2020/12/15/intel-launches-new-ssds-sees-plc-coming-and-ssds-replacing-disks/



Penta-Level-Cells (PTC) are coming soon, going to be great for large bulk storage on flash, so large read-only static data sets, media files, program libraries.

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On 12/16/2020 at 11:45 PM, Diffident said:

It would be cool to replace my 16TB drives with SSD's for the same price.

There's a big issue with that, you won't be writing a lot to PLC SSDs, already QLC isn't great for even casual users as you can completely realistically write them to their spec withing 2-3 years on a gaming PC that keeps multiple games like COD:MW up to date. As @axiphermentioned, they will be great for Read only environments, this kinda feels like CD-R type of storage




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