The eyebrow-raiser in the press release is
the SOLiD™ System is expected to be installed in early autumn this year and will boost the company's current sequencing capacity from 130 gigabases to 250 gigabases a year.
Nearly doubling capacity with one SOLiD instrument in a shop that already has a 1G and an FLX? If that number is really the impact of the SOLiD, then ABI is taking a huge lead in total reads. Of course, actual performance may vary from projections. Even if that is the joint contribution of the 3 next-gen sequencers, it would underscore what an advance they are -- especially considering how much up-front sample preparation & management work can be jettisoned in comparison to feeding a conventional sequencer.
(Disclosure: my company may be in the market for such services, and I would probably be one of the decision makers in such a decision)