I wondered about the long term viability of ssd manufacturing for many of the players in the market long term. Initially, jmicron, a semiconductor developer, modified USB controllers for use in consumer ssd's. They have now fallen away as a major competitor in this field since it really took off a few years ago. Sandforce started to develop SSD specific chips that far out performed jmicron & quickly became the leading controller developer, supplying to any & all who wanted to buy a quality controller for use in their own ssd device. OCZ have wrapped up the majority of their business on other sectors, even their successful DRAM division, to pursue ssd's, using primarily SF controllers to do so. At one point, the majority of the SSD controller market was dominated by SF. Other big manufacturers in the market currently are Corsair, OWC (working closely with Apple), Crucial (working with Micron), Runcore & Kingston making a name in the market. Other controller manufactures in the market are Intel, Samsung, Micron & Indilinx. Recently LSI brought SF & OCZ likewise with Indilinx. Apple have also recently brought a flash semiconductor company for their stable of smart devices. So, where am I going with all this? Well, there are HEAPS of products in the market now from many companies that use the same technology (controllers & flash) & companies I've never even heard of. So is the market becoming full of generic products? Many manufacturers are struggling to differentiate themselves from others as the components are the same. In the mid 80's, it was incredibly easy to be a semi-conductor company as the market segments were spaced & everyone was using experimental standards & technology to make chips. Over time, companies have folded & merged so now there is only a handful of chip makers for flash & semiconductor manufacturing. The biggest being Intel, AMD(ATI), Nvidia, ARM, Samsung, TI & Hynix. Semiconductor industry - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Semiconductor consolidation - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Semiconductor sales leaders by year - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia We have also seen previously a market in HDD's where 2 big players. WD & seagate, manufacturer the majority of drives & drive components while also, at times buy smaller competitors. Similarly in the IT market with the dot com boom. Google & facebook are also buying up all sort of smaller companies all the time too. So I suppose my question is, what do we think will happen longish term in the SSD market with its manufacturers? I can personally see OCZ sticking around for a long time as its their life blood now & they are being VERY proactive with their products. What about all the others? the smaller guys & so on?