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Connected Devices Databases: Core Connected DevicesMarch 09, 2018This workbooks regroups all of the Connected Devices Intelligence service’s core connected devices data, and presents it in Microsoft Excel pivot-table form.Subscribers Only
Western Digital Anticipating Stability by End of YearAugust 25, 2015Due to its reliance upon the PC market, Western Digital has reported Q2 2015 financial results at the lower end of its original range of guidance to its shareholders. However there is still some optimism . . .Subscribers Only
Google returns for round 3: Android TV makes its debutJuly 17, 2014With Android TV, Google is entering the OTT video market at the operating system level for the third time. While its previous two efforts revolved around a separate platform, Android TV represents the crystallization of a single, unified Android operating system – Android L – that no longer cleaves across separate hardware platforms.Subscribers Only
SSD Market Scores Big in Q1, Courtesy of Ultrathin Notebooks and PC TabletsAugust 07, 2013Solid-state drives (SSD) in the first quarter got a huge boost from greatly expanded usage in ultrathin/Ultrabook PCs as well as in PC tablets, with shipment volume to those sectors...
SSD Market Scores Big in Q1, Especially in Ultrabooks and PC TabletsSolid-state drives flourish in virtually all their application markets; HDDs present mixed resultsJuly 29, 2013
Solid-state drives (SSD) got a huge push in the first quarter from greatly expanded usage in ultrathin/Ultrabook PCs as well as in PC tablets, where shipment volume to those sectors tripled within a year’s time in a mighty display of growth. SSD shipments to ultrathins and Ultrabook PCs reached 5.9 million units from January to March this year, up more than threefold from 1.9 million units during the same three-month period in the first quarter of 2012. SSDs also made a sizable splash in the PC tablet sector, where shipments hit 1.6 million units, likewise surging by a factor of three from just 542,000 units.
Thin is In: Sales of Slender Hard Disk Drives Soar as PCs Slim DownJuly 18, 2013A new generation of thin hard disk drives (HDD) only 5.0 and 7.0 millimeters thick are expected to enjoy fast sales growth in coming years, as mobile computers including ultrathin PCs...
Evolving Ultrabooks to Help Counter PC Struggles in Driving Growth of Solid-State DrivesLong-term SSD prospects remain undimmed; innovation also needed for market to strengthen in the short termJuly 16, 2013
Despite the generally weak state of the PC industry, ultrathins will still form the main market for solid-state drives (SSD), in a business that retains significant long-term upside. Shipments in 2013 of SSDs will reach a projected 64.6 million units, up a notable 87 percent from 2012. SSD growth ahead will also be substantial, exceeding 30 percent each year for the next three years, before moderating to the high teens in 2017. By 2017, SSD shipments will amount to some 224.1 million units.
Thinner Hard Disk Drives with Rapidly Growing Shipments to Present New OpportunitiesNew 5.0- and 7.0-mm. HDDs could make inroads into tablets and ultrathins now home to rival SSDsJuly 03, 2013
Newly released thinner hard disk drives (HDD) sized 5.0 and 7.0 millimeters have the potential to gain back some HDD market share lost to solid-state drives (SSD), especially if the new hard drives find their way into future ultrathin PCs and PC tablets. Lighter in weight and thinner in breadth, the 5.0- and 7.0-mm models will form a new class of ultraslim HDDs that are forecast to eventually displace the much thicker 9.5-mm drives that currently rule the industry. The combined shipments of 5.0- and 7.0-mm HDDs will reach 133 million units by 2017, up from just 5 million last year. Meanwhile, shipments of 9.5-mm HDDs will deteriorate over time, to 79 million in 2017, down from 245 million units in 2012.
NAND Flash Sparks Brighter than Ever; Revenue Set to Jump This YearIncreased use in handsets, gaming and storage is key factor to expansive growthJune 18, 2013
Buoyed by proliferating usage in devices like mobile handsets, gaming consoles and hybrid storage drives, the market for NAND flash memory is headed for robust double-digit growth this year after a challenging first half in 2012. NAND revenue this year is forecast to reach $23.1 billion, up a stalwart 14 percent from $20.2 billion last year. Three of the four quarters in 2013 will each pull in revenue north of $5.6 billion, with only the second quarter turning in slightly lower results of $5.5 billion. In comparison, only two quarters in 2012 surpassed the $5 billion mark, with the highest takings occurring in the fourth quarter as the year came to a close, hitting $5.6 billion.
HDD vs. SSD: The Battle for PC Storage Supremacy ContinuesHDDs remain dominant but continue to slide; SSDs rack up major gains despite being a much smaller segmentApril 30, 2013
Hard disk drives (HDD) for PCs will continue to face declining shipments this year while rival solid state drives (SSD) in computers exert pressure on their much bigger competitors with outsized triple-digit growth. PC HDD shipments in 2013 are forecast to decline to 436.9 million units, down 8 percent from 475.4 million last year. In comparison, SSD shipments in PCs will jump to 68.9 million units, up a resounding 122 percent from 31.1 million. The inimical decline vs. growth pattern between the two segments will continue next year and in the years ahead.
Cache SSD Prevails Over Pure SSD Storage in Ultrabooks and UltrathinsA third solution, the hybrid HDD, will grow more than fiftyfold in four yearsApril 25, 2013
The most popular storage medium this year for superthin Ultrabooks and similarly built laptops won’t be the pricey solid state drives (SSD) that initially created a buzz for their astonishing speeds. Instead, they will be the so-called cache SSD storage consisting of NAND flash memory running outside a hard disk drive (HDD) that will be more economically priced for users. Shipments this year of cache SSD solutions for Ultrabooks and ultrathins are projected to amount to 23.8 million units, up nearly 360 percent from just 5.2 million units in 2012. This year cache SSD shipments for the first time jump over pure SSD storage, expected to ship 18.7 million units for Ultrabooks and ultrathins.
HDD Market Dips in Q4 as PC Demand FaltersWestern Digital remains on top, followed by SeagateMarch 05, 2013
The market for hard disk drives (HDD) contracted in the final quarter last year after failing to receive a boost in demand from PCs, a traditional source of strength, according to an IHS iSuppli Storage Space brief from information and analytics provider IHS.
HDD shipments fell to 135.8 million units, down 2.4 percent from 139.2 million units in the third quarter of 2012. Total revenue slipped to $8.4 billion, down 3.4 from $8.7 billion. Western Digital was the top HDD supplier in both shipment and revenue terms, followed then by Seagate Technology and Toshiba.
The quarterly decline in the HDD space was due to anemic demand for PCs as a whole, and excess inventory carried over from the earlier quarter also did not help.
Hard Disk Drive Market Revenue Set to Decline This YearHowever, revenue is projected to decline this yearFebruary 06, 2013
Facing a relentless onslaught from tablets, smartphones, and solid state drives (SSD), global hard disk drive (HDD) market revenue in 2013 will decline to an estimated $32.6 billion, down from $36.7 billion last year, according to an IHS iSuppli Storage Space market brief from information and analytics provider IHS.
HDD revenue will be flat for the next few years, amounting to $32.9 billion in 2016.
Despite the challenges, HDDs will continue to be the dominant form of storage this year, especially as demand for Ultrabooks picks up and HDDs remain essential in business computing, HDDs overall will maintain market dominance because of their cost advantage over SSDs, particularly when higher densities are involved and dollars per gigabyte are calculated. HDD costs and pricing are significantly lower than SSDs, with already falling HDD average selling prices expected to decline further this year by 10 percent.
Helium-Filled Hard Drives Could Lift Western Digital Above Competition in Enterprise MarketJanuary 03, 2013Western Digital Corp.’s upcoming line of high-efficiency and super-capacity helium-filled hard disk drives (HDD) could elevate the company to the top of the enterprise HDD space, according to an IHS iSuppli Storage Space Brief from information and analytics provider IHS (NYSE: IHS).
A perennial runner-up in the enterprise HDD market, Western Digital—which recently merged with Hitachi GST—continued to hold the No. 2 spot during the third quarter of 2012, the latest period for which figures are available. Western Digital had a 45 percent share of shipments, compared to Seagate Technology’s 48 percent, as shown in the attached figure. Western Digital’s portion of the market had been steadily increasing in the last few quarters as it assiduously courted the enterprise trade, which demands higher-performance hard disk drives than HDDs for the consumer market.
HDD Industry Reports Bleak Results as Shipments Plunge in Q3Weak PC demand and the rising challenge from tablets blunt sales of the storage mediumNovember 16, 2012
Hard disk drive manufacturers had a rough third quarter when HDD shipments plunged a steep 11 percent, a loss the industry blames on a host of economic and market-related factors, such as the usurping of PCs among consumers by ever-more popular tablet devices, according to an IHS iSuppli Storage Space market brief from information and analytics provider IHS.
HDD shipments in the third quarter amounted to 139.2 million units, down from 157.0 million units during the second quarter. The most recent results reversed the 8 percent gain that took place in the second quarter, and they also represent the lowest third-quarter shipment level in at least five years for the storage medium. Just last year for the same July to September period, HDD shipments had stood at a lofty 175.3 million units.
Thin Hybrid Hard Disk Drives Could be Potent Growth Factor for Storage IndustryThe 5-mm drives are expected in new Ultrabooks and other applications by next yearSeptember 04, 2012
A thinner hybrid hard disk drive (HDD) intended to serve as storage media for new computers like Ultrabooks and less bulky than a rival storage form could help the HDD industry in its unremitting battle against tablet devices, according to an IHS iSuppli Storage Space market brief from information and analytics provider IHS.
While the current form of storage for the super-thin Ultrabook laptops produced this year is the hard disk drive containing a cache solid state drive (SSD) element, that form factor at 7 millimeters is still considered too thick and too slow when compared to tablets like the iPad from Apple Inc. Since their appearance on the market two years ago, tablets—with their slim profile and fast “instant-on” capabilities—have eaten mightily into the sales of notebook PCs, whose performance and ease of use have suffered in comparison.
Western Digital Shakes off Thai Flood Impact, Retakes Hard Drive Market Lead in Q2August 28, 2012Six months after losing the top spot in the global hard disk drive (HDD) segment due to the Thai flooding disaster, Western Digital Corp. in the second quarter recovered its market lead from chief rival Seagate Technology, according to an IHS iSuppli Storage Space Market Brief from information and analytics provider IHS (NYSE: IHS).
Western Digital produced approximately 71.0 million HDD units in the second quarter, including production from Hitachi GST, a company acquired by Western Digital earlier in the year. Revenue for Western Digital amounted to $4.8 billion—a company record.
In comparison, Seagate shipped 65.9 million HDD units during the same period, with revenue reaching $4.5 billion—also a record in Seagate’s books.
Games on connected TVs: an industry readies Itself to executeAugust 08, 2012 Subscribers Only
Comcast and Boxee propose E-DTA STB for connected devicesJuly 01, 2012In an effort to clear the way for a relaxation of the ban on basic tier encryption on digital cable systems in the US, multi systems operator (MSO) Comcast and over the top (OTT) video service provider Boxee have announced discussions concerning a new typSubscribers Only