Major_A wrote:The entire SSD market is a cluttered mess. There is little to no product differentiation. The bundles are all virtually identical. The prices are all almost identical. Someone needs to talk with ASRock. Look at their motherboard business model and use it. ASRock was virtually unknown until recently. They are offering motherboards with with more bells and whistles and generally at a much lower price. They are also very competitive in testing. Hell the OCZ Toolbox is nice. At least they are trying to stand out from the crowd with something different.
SSD manufacturer model. Get new controller. Create a standard 60GB, 120GB and 256GB drive. See what other manufacturers are charging. Price inline with them. Then the cycle happens all over again.
I don't disagree...they are mostly clones. Firmware is genrerally the differentiator as we saw with the Intel 510 Series drive.
It will pan out like the hard drive industry with a large number of companies offering drives while margins are high and when the margins start to dry up, they'll move on or sell to a larger company and we'll be left with a short list of manufacturers. IMO Intel, Micron/Crucial and OCZ (because of their Indilinx acquisition) are in it for the long haul and most everyone else will eventually be out or consolidated. Samsung and Toshiba will probably remain players as well.