Top Ten Trends for NAND Flash

Flash Memory SummitDuring the Flash Memory Summit in August three panelists were asked to tell what they thought would be the top ten trends for NAND flash in 2012.

The panelists were:

  • Troy Winslow, director of product and channel marketing for the Intel NAND group
  • Radoslav Danilak, SandForce founder and now CEO of StorCloud
  • Me

Here are mine:

  1. Enterprise SSDs will be used in all data centers
  2. There is still a lot of growth in NAND
  3. Controllers will get more sophisticated
  4. System software will be designed for NAND first
  5. Tablet PCs will morph into newer devices
  6. Not everyone can be a successful SSD supplier
  7. NOR has a long future in code storage
  8. NAND in PCs is a threat to DRAM, not HDDs
  9. The death of flash is not imminent
  10. SSDs in PCs will lose out to NAND + HDD

Over ten future posts I will elaborate on these.  As I do I will add hot links to the list above to guide readers to these predictions.  If any of the hot links are inactive, come back later and check again.

Many are detailed in reports on the Objective Analysis Reports page.

2 Responses to Top Ten Trends for NAND Flash

  • Albert CHEN says:

    The NAND +HDD seems lose out to SSD in PC now 😀

    • Jim Handy says:

      Albert Chen, You are very correct!

      My 2011 projection was based on the assumption that price and performance were important criteria in a PC.

      What I later found is that consumers don’t understand performance so well, so they buy their PCs based on price and four other factors: Manufacturer, processor, memory size, and disk capacity.

      This is the reason that SSDs have had such a difficult time penetrating the PC.

      Jim

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