Samsung has confirmed that it plans to invest another $ 2.6 billion in developing NAND factories. It adds this amount to the previous budget, which brings it from $ 6.4 billion to a whopping $ 9 billion.
Honestly? This is such an unexpected move that I had to confirm this information in several sources. After all, what’s the point of putting another $ 9 billion into the NAND market, which is already so full that SSD prices are constantly falling? Of course, I mean the market in terms of business, because for us – consumers – Samsung’s decision is the most positive. Even lower prices? I’m in!
Well, unless Samsung allocates part of this amount to the development of technology alone. Then, in the perspective of many years, it will still suit us. Let me just remind you that the development of 3D NAND bones is now broken mainly by the number of layers filled with cells on one system. Today, the production of 96-layer dice is slowly starting, but it is speculated that in 2021 we will have 140-layer creations at our disposal. So the future is filled with big announcements regarding SSDs that may soon match the capacity of traditional platter carriers at a reasonable cost.