Niall’s virtual diary archives – Thursday 26th April 2018

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Thursday 26th April 2018: 8.36pm.

As I do this time every year, this is my graph of inflation adjusted storage capacity per dollar for magnetic and solid state drives. A new addition this year is XPoint memory, this is expected to eventually replace Flash memory which has done all the running for fast storage until now. Only Intel currently make XPoint memory and it is very new, but as you can see it is closing quickly on the price point of Flash memory. I don't personally expect them to ever charge less than Flash, as it's superior in every way to Flash, but I think that they will bring it within 20% or so of the cost and then drive Flash storage into the low margin as the inferior choice for the budget conscious. Intel ought to then make bags of money I should think, they have the exclusive monopoly on this technology due to patents, and with a much better product. Anybody who can afford XPoint will surely buy it.
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