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re: Thai floods to speed up transition to SSDs
O   12/12/2011 11:47:37 PM
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MORAL LESSON: Thou shall not concentrate mass volume production ONLY in the best strategical location. Manufacturing Business should be able to realise that, there should always be a PLAN B... In this case, a clone manufacturing plant near the best strategical location. Top Management should start playing stategy games such as Starcraft and Command & Conquer-Generals instead of Golf...

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re: Thai floods to speed up transition to SSDs
Krutsch Robert Cristian   11/17/2011 12:40:30 PM
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I have already seen some increase in pricing. My old hdd failed me a couple of days ago and when I wanted to buy a new one I’ve seen a 30-40 euro increase in pricing compared to 4-5 months ago. I wondered why... this might be one of the motives. I’ve lucked up 3-4 online stores from where I buy staff usually; this might not be general but now I start to question it…

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re: Thai floods to speed up transition to SSDs
t.alex   11/13/2011 5:37:54 AM
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I see. I believe this flooding does affect many other major supply chains as well. This gonna leave bad reputation of the country.

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SylvieBarak   11/12/2011 7:25:16 PM
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not all of them T.alex, Western Digital manufactures around half in Thailand and half in Malaysia. Seagate has some factories in China too. But a significant number are made there

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re: Thai floods to speed up transition to SSDs
t.alex   11/12/2011 3:47:35 AM
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All the harddisks are manufactured in Thailand?

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re: Thai floods to speed up transition to SSDs
SylvieBarak   11/11/2011 5:35:40 PM
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You're right Subman, and I'm sorry for the rookie error. Good thing I have a reader community to correct me when I'm wrong and push me to do better. I appreciate you keeping me on my toes. Sorry again.

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resistion   11/11/2011 8:40:47 AM
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Without HDDs notebooks (which could have saved DRAM from further depreciation) will suffer significant loss of sales. SSDs would be a nice saviour of the situation, but hard to pull off within a year (which is needed).

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re: Thai floods to speed up transition to SSDs
subman   11/10/2011 11:37:38 PM
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What garbage. Does the author of this article have any clue about SSD's and SSD markets? DRAM? Huh? NAND prices have been very strong lately, and that is the relevant comparison. On a higher level, the price of an SSD so massively dwarfs the prices of an HDD that an HDD supply hickup means pretty much nothing. This is like saying million dollar mansions are going to see a boom in sales because of a supply hickup in $100-200k houses. The title on this article is incredibly misleading...what a horrible piece of journalism. EE Times, please find some writers conversant in technology and technology markets.

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b_c   11/10/2011 10:46:16 PM
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They do exist and they're on the market right now. Examples include Seagate's Momentus XT series and Samsung's FlashOn series. http://www.seagate.com/www/en-us/products/laptops/laptop-hdd/ http://www.samsung.com/global/business/hdd/products/Product_HybridHDDFlashOn.html They apply some algorithm that learns what is most accessed, and moves it to the flash. After about 3 or 4 reboots, they start to noticeably speed up boot times as the OS is made available from the flash.

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Robotics Developer   11/10/2011 8:23:14 PM
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I look forward to the day when the SSDs are competitive! The speed of the SSD based system is very pleasant but not the cost.. I wonder if at some point (for laptops) there will be a hybrid drive: combo HDD and SSD in a single 2.5" form factor. That would yield some speed with larger storage capacity at a reasonable price.

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