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OCZ opens new SSD plant

OCZ opens new SSD plant

OCZ's new manufacturing plant nearly triples its production capabilities for SSD storage products.

OCZ Technology has confirmed its commitment to solid-state storage devices with the opening of a new SSD manufacturing facility in Taiwan, which will almost triple the company's production capacity.

The new plant, opened in Taipei today, will specialise in producing the company's various solid-state storage devices, and adds over 20,000 square feet of manufacturing floor space to the company's stable.

Ryan Petersen, chief executive at OCZ Technology, claims that the decision to open the new plant came 'in response to increased demand from OEMs for our enterprise solid state drive products, and significantly increases our monthly SSD [manufacturing] capacity.'

With production of solid-state storage devices for both consumer and enterprise markets expected to increase from the current level of 50,000 units per month to an estimated 140,000 units per month when the new plant is fully up to speed, OCZ could well steal a significant march over its rivals with the supply to meet growing demand.

The new increase in production capacity comes as OCZ reports to investors and analysts a three-fold increase in monthly unit sales between the start of the year and August, demonstrating the kind of demand for solid-state storage devices that Seagate chief executive Steve Luczo is apparently willing to ignore.

With vastly improved production capabilities and clearly increasing demand, OCZ should hopefully be able to start reducing the price of its SSD product lines to a point where they can begin to compete with traditional hard drives at the mainstream level.

Do you think that OCZ has the right idea, or is the company betting on the wrong technology as Seagate seems to think? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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mi1ez 27th October 2010, 10:21 Quote
All they need now is a product to compete with the C300!
j4m3s10 27th October 2010, 10:47 Quote
Maybe the OCZ IBIS competes with it :0
Madness_3d 27th October 2010, 10:56 Quote
At least prices should be even more so on the way down :)
Dudey109 27th October 2010, 11:26 Quote
Can only be a good thing!
Costs are coming down!
TWeaK 27th October 2010, 11:43 Quote
So when is Bindi getting the factory tour? ;)
thelaw 27th October 2010, 11:56 Quote
I will be backing seagates idea on the hybrid combined drive to be honest unless SSDs improve there ability to hold large amounts of data.
mi1ez 27th October 2010, 12:10 Quote
I'd rather organise my own data
V3ctor 27th October 2010, 12:13 Quote
Prices down!! :D I want a 500Gb SSD for 200$ :P
Burdman27911 27th October 2010, 12:43 Quote
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Originally Posted by TWeaK
So when is Bindi getting the factory tour? ;)
Beat me to it.
Ph4ZeD 27th October 2010, 12:46 Quote
That's right Seagate, keep telling yourself that SSDs aren't worth bothering with while your competitors sell 140,000 units a month. And that's before they are £1 = 1GB.
whiskers 27th October 2010, 12:58 Quote
YES! Prices will go down, finally! Should we start buying up OCZ stock?
l3v1ck 27th October 2010, 13:11 Quote
Quote:
Do you think that OCZ has the right idea...
Yes
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... or is the company betting on the wrong technology as Seagate seems to think?
No.
WildThing 27th October 2010, 13:49 Quote
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Originally Posted by Burdman27911
Beat me to it.

Me too, great minds...

I wonder how far away this is from Bindi.
Pete J 27th October 2010, 13:55 Quote
Woohoo!

My dream of having entirely SSD storage in three to four years' time for my next rig comes closer to reality.
Hakuren 27th October 2010, 15:54 Quote
Still not enough. SSDs are - unfortunately - a premium product, most of them is not compatible with RAID setups (and not talking here about 2 disks in RAID0 running on software/chipset configuration). Problems with TRIM, GC, lifespan under heavy load and various controllers (JMicron comes to mind). Price is still biggest stumbling block. For a one/two small SSDs it is not tragic, but even minimum storage around 1TB SSD cost absolute fortune. And if you want for example to run 16x2TB disks in RAID6/60, then SSD route is a complete no go.

IBIS is interesting if you intend to run one such drive. If you want to RAID few of them you can't because IBIS architecture is already 'RAIDed' internally.

Both routes (SSD/hybrid-HDD) are total dead ends. HDRs are probably way forward, but this technology is still some time into the future. h-HDDs just like hybrid cars are just ridiculous waste of money and materials. SSDs is of course very nice, but it won't survive too long. Certainly not as main storage solution. Prices won't drop too much for very simple reason. Every new generation of NAND Flash while faster is more and more expensive. So with every new generation of SSDs we will witness exactly the same crazy circle, as with previous SSDs.
mrbens 27th October 2010, 17:09 Quote
Don't forget most people only need a small SSD (64-128GB) for the OS and most used apps. It's a waste to fill them with games and videos/music etc.

I only have 2 games installed on mine and that's only because they have exceptionally long loading times. Most games only take a few seconds loading anyway off a normal drive to not need to fill my SSD. I'm still only using half the space on my 128GB SSD since buying it back in December.

For most things the only benefit of an SSD is its silent compared to the wurring of a normal drive which unless you watercool you won't hear that over fans and GPU cooler anyway.
Burnout21 27th October 2010, 18:27 Quote
YAY cheaper SSD's for all!
leexgx 27th October 2010, 19:18 Quote
Sf-1200 ones seem to have very good GC in them

I find anything less then 128gb is to small (recommend 256gb or 2x segate xt drives as they work very well in raid for the price and do not need to worry about trim)
LordPyrinc 28th October 2010, 01:26 Quote
Definitely looking forward to lower prices. I looked at SSDs last year before building this rig, but couldn't justify the price. The Raptors were expensive enough but still way cheaper than the equivalent storage size of the SSDs. I'm speculating that in about 3 years they'll reach the right size and price point. Hopefully sooner, but I'm a bit pessimistic (or realistic) by nature.
Nicho133 28th October 2010, 06:23 Quote
This should make SSD's cheeper :) I wouldn't be surprised if SSD's matched HDD's capacity in about 5 years time.
Boogle 29th October 2010, 23:36 Quote
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Originally Posted by Hakuren
IBIS is interesting if you intend to run one such drive. If you want to RAID few of them you can't because IBIS architecture is already 'RAIDed' internally.

...

Every new generation of NAND Flash while faster is more and more expensive. So with every new generation of SSDs we will witness exactly the same crazy circle, as with previous SSDs.

ALL SSDs use a form of internal RAID for performance. Ibis just links in multiple distinct devices (think groups of chips), rather than RAID on the chips themselves. You can run RAID with Ibis.

You mean like the way NAND gets more expensive every year? I could swear 8GB memory cards used to be over £100. In fact I remember paying £60 for 2GB in the past. NAND is coming down in price as manufacturing increases, and cell sizes shrink: http://news.softpedia.com/news/NAND-Flash-Prices-Still-Falling-157974.shtml

The performance increases are largely coming from the controllers, not the chips themselves.
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