Up until now, though, the limited capacity, allied to high prices for the nascent technology, has meant that SSDs have been the domain of high-end, thin-and-light laptops - Apple's MacBook Air, for example.
Intel recently announced that, along with STM Electronics, it had setup Numonyx, a company that will produce, in part, NAND-based flash-memory. Following on from this, Intel formally announced that it will release 32-160GB SSDs in Q2 2008. Now, the pricing is unknown, but the very fact that the capacity will be increased to levels acceptable to most users, means that the days of low-capacity magnetic (traditional) drives could be numbered, especially if pricing is suitably aggressive.
Expect to see high-speed, low-power 1.8in and 2.5in SSDs flood the market really, really soon.
Would you pay twice as much for an 160GB SSD drive, when compared to a magnetic model?