The phenomenal success of the Apple iPad has spawned a class of mobile devices sitting between a e-readers and notebook PCs capable of cannabalizing conventional smartbooks and netbooks. As with the iPod Touch and iPhone, central to producing a cool, thin, lightweight and power conserving device has been the incorporation of NAND flash memory as a storage medium.
Now that the iPad has set the bar in utilizing NAND flash memory in a tablet device, the obvious question is: What's next? The adoption of NAND flash memory in computing has been a slow journey due to technical challenges in mastering the idiosyncracies of NAND flash memory and the unfavorable cost structure.
This report analyzes the adoption of SSDs in notebook PCs from a total cost of ownership and product portfolio perspective to forecast the trigger point for accelerated SSD adoption.
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