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NAND Flash Prices to drop to 17 cents per Gigabyte

Just to support the argument that Video Camera Makers should integrate flash( because a 4 part article isn’t enough) and we can expect Smartphones and Tablets to integrate more memory.

The primary drivers to greater NAND flash are the increasing demands of Smart Phone and Tablet users to run more apps, store more high resolution pictures (like the 13MP camera on the Samsung Galaxy S4) and eventually, in the future, those using the 4k video cameras supported by sensors by companies like Aptina.  Go ahead do a search on 4k and Aptina and Android and you will see it.

I read an IC Insights report that says that NAND flash average selling prices will drop to 17 cents per Gigabyte by 2017.

So the addition of 128 or 256GB so a design ends up costing something like $20 or $40.  In addition, the NAND flash parts are getting bigger.  The ones that sell the most are expected to be the 2 largest NAND flash parts.  I should note this isn’t the fastest flash but the average selling price.  We can certainly expect the fastest flash found in my Crucial SSD will drop in price as well as the capacity will increase.  This (again) supports the idea that 10G USB will also be needed for external storage, and SSDs will likely make the transition to replace smaller USB Hard Drives in the 2017 time frame or sooner.


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