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Flash RAM Price Graph, Infoworld, 2006

The real driver for these new cheaper, smaller laptops is flash RAM, which has been shaking up the equations by following the old Moore's Law: it's been halving in price every year for several years, as shown in this 2006 graph from Infoworld. I think the 2007 prediction turned out about right. While the next few years won't quite be price-halvings any more, they do point to the EEE PCs successor having a 16GB hard drive by 2010, along of course with more speed, a bigger screen and more RAM. And if my rule-of-thumb is right, prices will have edged down a bit, probably to $300 and $350 where it is now $350 and $400.

© Roy Brander, P.Eng 2007