The proliferation of thin ultrabook notebooks will keep cache solid state drives as the storage market leader, IHS reports.
Cache solid state drives (SSD) will remain the mainstream storage solution for Ultrabooks and other super-slim notebooks, according to IT research firm IHS’ iSuppli Storage Market Brief report, although the study noted Hybrid hard disk drives (HDD), which contains a built-in layer of NAND flash memory, may offer the advantage of consolidated storage in the Ultrabook format, which is becoming increasingly popular as more advanced models from major vendors hit the marketplace.
Shipments of cache SSDs, which cache SSDs are employed as a separate memory component alongside a hard disk drive (not together in one housing unit), are projected by IHS to rise to 23.9 million units this year, up by a whopping 2,660 percent from just 864,000 units in 2011. The research indicates the market has nowhere to go but up, with shipments jumping to 67.7 million units next year and crossing the 100 million-unit mark in 2015. By 2016, IHS is projecting shipments of cache SSDs will hit 163 million.
Meanwhile, shipments of hybrid HDDs are expected to double this year to 2 million, and will reach 25 million units by 2016. The report projected a third form of flash storage—dedicated SSDs that contain no cache component—would reach 18 million shipments this year in consumer applications, a figure that will ramp up gradually to 69 million units in 2016, as ultra-thin notebooks continue to gain market share.
Hybrid HDDs consist of a traditional hard disk drive and an integrated NAND flash layer within one self-contained form factor, like storage specialist Seagate Technology’s Momentus XT hybrid product, up to 8 gigabytes (GB) of single-level-cell NAND and 750GB of memory on two 2.5-inch platters. Seagate is not alone in this market, with major rivals like Western Digital and Toshiba also planning hybrid HHDs containing 8GB or more of NAND cache.
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