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The price of solid state drives has been steadily dropping, according to IHS iSuppli. Specifically, its data shows that the price of SSDs has dropped 20 percent in the second quarter of 2012 and another 10 percent in the second half of the year. As reported on Computerworld, the current cost of SSDs works out to a price range of 80 to 90 cents per gigabyte of capacity--or lower.

The article also pointed to an earlier report where e-commerce tracking company Dynamite Data produced data reflecting how the price of SSDs has dropped by 23 percent last year. In a blog post by Dynamite Data co-founder Kristopher Kubicki in April, he wrote of how $1 per gigabyte SSD is now the "new normal." This is a substantial reduction in price considering that the cost of SSDs was $3 per gigabyte just a couple of years back in 2010.

A separate report by IHS last month noted that the average prices of hard disk drives are still 47 percent higher than pre-Thai-flood prices in Q3 of 2011. With the vast majority of all HDDs being produced just a few major manufacturers, the situation is unlikely to change any time soon.

The combination of high HDD prices and lower SSD prices--combined with the inherent speed benefits of the latter--are likely to increase the appeal of SSDs to both consumers and businesses.

For those looking to upgrade existing machines to SSDs, IHS says the current leaders for consumer-grade SSDs sold through channel partners are Intel and Samsung. Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) drives are considered to be dependable, though not the fastest around, and Samsung was not considered a big player in the aftermarket until fairly recently.

For more:
- check out this article at Computerworld

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