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Storage Shipments Defy Challenges to Rise by 4.5 Percent in Q2Increases seen in hard disk drives, optical disk drives and solid state drivesOctober 04, 2011Shipments of storage devices for computers rose across the board during the second quarter, beneﬁting from the March quake disaster in Japan after panicked manufacturers strove to replenish stockpiles, according to a new IHS iSuppli Storage Market Tracker report from information and analysis provider IHS.
DRAM Companies Confront Bleak Future, with Industry Revenue Plunging in 2011 and AheadDeclining revenue opportunities and piles of debt present huge obstaclesSeptember 21, 2011Many suppliers of dynamic random access memory (DRAM) are facing an endangered future, threatened by a combination of rising debt, declining revenue through the year 2013, and weakening PC demand growth as consumers migrate to more popular smartphones and tablets, according to a new IHS iSuppli DRAM Dynamics brief from information and analysis provider IHS.
Hard Disk Drive Shipments Up 4 Percent in Q2 to 167 Million UnitsWestern Digital remains shipments leader, but continues to lag behind Seagate in revenueSeptember 07, 2011Shipments of hard disk drives (HDD) edged up higher in the second quarter thanks to some shrewd sleight of hand staged by the storage industry, and Western Digital Corp. continued to lead in overall units for the sixth consecutive quarter, according to a new IHS iSuppli Storage Space market brief from information and analysis provider IHS.
NAND Flash Revenue Down 4.3 Percent in Q2, Brings Large Market Share ShiftsRevenue falls to $4.7 billion; most market players performed wellSeptember 01, 2011The NAND ﬂash memory market suffered a surprising decline in the second quarter, dragged down by the substantial fall in revenue of just one major player in the space, according to a new IHS iSuppli Flash Memory Market Brief from information and analysis provider IHS.
Samsung Posts DRAM Gains in Q2 for Highest Market Share EverSamsung leads pack with 42 percent; fellow South Korean Hynix follows in second placeAugust 31, 2011Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. in the second quarter stormed back to regain lost footing in the dynamic random access memory (DRAM) market, allowing the company to attain its highest market share ever in the space, according to an IHS iSuppli DRAM Dynamics brief from information and analysis provider IHS.
DRAM Makers Play Catch-Up to Samsung in Manufacturing TechnologyAugust 25, 2011With prices in the dynamic random access memory (DRAM) industry diving to perilously low levels, manufacturers risk major losses if they do not transition to the more efﬁcient 3x/2x-nanometer (nm) process technologies already employed by Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. and other leading memory suppliers, according to a new DRAM Dynamics brief from information and analysis provider IHS.
DRAM Pricing to Plunge in Q3 and Rest of Second HalfSlow shipment growth in Q2, oversupply and transition challenges are all culpritsAugust 18, 2011A dramatic oversupply and freefalling prices are in store during the third quarter for the dynamic random access memory (DRAM) space, resulting in a turbulent second half for besieged DRAM suppliers, according to a new IHS iSuppli DRAM market brief from information and analysis provider IHS.
Mobile DRAM Market Hits $2 Billion Threshold in Q1Outstanding prospects line up for the industry via smartphones, tablets and gamingAugust 18, 2011In another sign of the growing prominence of mobile platforms like smartphones, handheld gaming devices and tablets, revenue in the ﬁrst quarter for mobile dynamic random access memory (DRAM) crossed the $2 billion mark for the ﬁrst time, according to a new Mobile & Embedded Memory market brief from information and analysis provider IHS.
China and Asia-Paciﬁc to be Top NOR Flash Procurers in 2011Non-Asian manufacturers still enjoy majority of NOR manufacturing revenue, though share is fallingAugust 08, 2011China and the Asia-Paciﬁc regions, already the dominant buyers of NOR ﬂash memory, will enlarge their share of global procurement in 2011, though the majority of NOR manufacturing revenue will continue to reside in Europe and the Americas, according to a new IHS iSuppli Memory and Storage brief, from information and analysis provider IHS.
Japanese Disaster Spurs Upgrade for 2011 Chip Revenue ForecastFrom April 11, 2011July 29, 2011In an ironic twist, supply disruptions related to the Japan earthquake and tsunami will contribute to higher-than-previously expected global semiconductor revenue in 2011, as shortages bolster pricing for key memory devices, new IHS iSuppli research indicates.
NAND Market Conditions “Worst in the History of the Industry”From March 12, 2007July 27, 2011It’s official: Conditions for NAND flash suppliers are the worst in the history of the industry, according to iSuppli Corp.—and the situation is expected to deteriorate before it gets better. If that wasn’t bad enough, the suppliers have no one to blame but themselves for the sad state of pricing and profitability in the NAND flash business.
Growth of DRAM Content in PCs to Slow in Coming YearsProjected increase of 30 percent for 2011 is far below rates of previous yearsJuly 20, 2011The growth rate of dynamic random access memory (DRAM) content in personal computers (PCs) is set for historic decline, with the average annual increase in DRAM amount for each new PC not expected to exceed 35 percent after 2012, down from an average 48 percent during the last quarter-century, according to a new IHS iSuppli Memory & Storage report, from information and services handler IHS.
NAND Flash Densities in Gaming to Climb Over 40 Percent in 2011Average density to reach 923MB in consoles and 123MB in handheldsJuly 20, 2011Despite the high cost of NAND ﬂash memory that makes it challenging to incorporate into gaming hardware, NAND densities in 2011 will rise north of 40 percent in home consoles and handheld devices, the principal modes for gaming entertainment, according to a new IHS iSuppli NAND Dynamics brief, from information and analysis handler IHS.
Apple’s iCloud May Threaten Future NAND DemandService steers users away from local memory storage—although company remains world’s largest buyer of ﬂash memoryJuly 14, 2011Driven by best-selling products like the iPad and iPhone, Apple Inc. is expected to remain the world’s largest buyer of NAND ﬂash memory this year, accounting for nearly 30 percent of global demand. However, Apple’s newly launched iCloud storage service could signiﬁcantly weaken NAND demand in the future, according to the new report entitled “Will iCloud Bring an End to Local NAND Storage?” from information and analysis provider IHS (NYSE: IHS).
Enterprise Storage Revenue to Climb 13 Percent in H2 2011New server microprocessors to boost storage drive demand to $4.67 billion in second half of yearJuly 12, 2011Demand from the enterprise corporate segment for storage products including hard disk drives (HDD) and solid state drives (SSD) is expected to rise a strong 13 percent during the second half of this year, with new server-oriented microprocessors contributing to the surge, according to the new IHS iSuppli report entitled: “New Microprocessors to Boost Storage Demand in H2 2011” from information and analysis provider IHS.
Cost Reductions in DRAM Industry to Dwindle Starting in 2012With lithography migration becoming less aggressive, savings also to lessen for industryJuly 06, 2011As the dynamic random access memory (DRAM) market successfully transitions to more efﬁ cient lower-nanometer technology, cost reductions and savings for the industry will level off starting in 2012, according to new IHS iSuppli research.
NAND Flash Race Heats Up in Q1Samsung just barely holds onto its lead; Toshiba closes inJuly 06, 2011The battle for leadership in the NAND ﬂash memory segment heated up in the ﬁrst quarter of 2011 as No. 2 supplier Toshiba Corp. came close to matching the market share of perennial industry leader Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., according to new research from IHS iSuppli.
eMMC Memory Shipments to Climb 62 Percent in 2011Use of the portable storage medium will grow in high-end devices like smartphones and tabletsJune 27, 2011The ﬂash memory product known as Embedded MultiMedia Card (eMMC) is set to enjoy a 62 percent jump in shipments for 2011, helped by increased proliferation in smart devices like mobile handsets and media tablets, according to new IHS iSuppli research.
Shipments this year of eMMC are projected to reach 333.7 million units, up from 206.0 million units in 2010. Approximately 23 percent of all handsets in 2011—equivalent to some 239.7 million units—will feature eMMC, with the percentage to rise to 37 percent in two years’ time.
DDR3 to Remain Leading DRAM Technology in 2011 and the Near TermDDR3 market share this year is up to 89 percent; LRDIMM is new form factor for serversJune 20, 2011With market share averaging in the stratospheric 85 to 90 percent range, Double Data Rate 3 (DDR3) will remain the dominant technology in the dynamic access random memory (DRAM) market for 2011 and at least three more years before it cedes ground to a faster, next-generation version, according to new IHS iSuppli research.
OEM Role Drives Growth in Solid State DrivesIn reversal, OEM-made SSDs to outnumber once-leading channel shipmentsJune 17, 2011For the ﬁrst time this year, PC original equipment manufacturers (OEM) will account for a larger share of the market for solid state drives (SSD), wresting control of the fast-growing segment away from a pool of smaller third-party players, according to new IHS iSuppli research.
Starting 2011, shipments of SSDs made by OEMs will outweigh SSD shipments coming from the channel. OEM-made SSDs—normally integrated into the computers being sold in retail or to business entities—will reach shipments of approximately 8.0 million units this year, up 176 percent from 2.9 million units in 2010.