Solid state drives as large as 10 terabytes will be available to manufacturing partners as early as next year.

The communication was revealed by Micron and Intel, and separately by Toshiba.

Micron and Intel say that by using 3D NAND technology, they can fit more than 3.5TBs of storage on a “gum-sized” SSD, and more than 10TB on a standard 2.5-inch drive.

With this capacity arriving in consumer devices, it’s interesting to see such huge leaps in capabilities that put them in line with traditional hard disks.

SSDs became popular due to the size and weight savings, but drove the overall cost of devices far beyond those with standard disk drives.

At this technology matures and becomes more mainstream, availability will continue to increase and prices should only continue to fall.

Via TNW