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HDD Units Fall in 2015, But Storage Capacity Shipped Grows to 538 Exabytes: TRENDFOCUS 2015-2020 Outlook and Analysis

HDD unit shipments dipped below 115 million in the fourth calendar quarter of 2015 due to weak PC sales and impact of SSD incursion in notebook computers. For the year, HDD sales were down 16.9% to 469 million units according to TRENDFOCUS’ CQ4 HDD Market Update. However, exabytes shipped in HDDs continues to expand to […]

SMR HDDs are Coming to a Notebook PC Near You

While Seagate has been shipping HDDs with shingle magnetic recording (SMR) for a number of years in its external HDD products, 2016 is shaping up to be the year when the industry as a whole announces and ships mainstream OEM HDDs using the capacity boosting technology. Using a combination of slightly larger disk diameters, higher […]

SSD Pricing – Stop the Madness!

2015 has ended, which means 2016 has started. Happy New Year everyone! One thing we learned in 2015 is that we have not learned from history.  Remember the late 1990s to the early 2000s when 2.5” HDD pricing for notebooks pretty much took a nose dive? It was great for OEMs, but not so great […]

Can a Tablet Replace a Notebook?

The short answer right now is, “not yet”. However before you conclude that this is an obvious statement, it is a conclusion that is loaded with contextual circumstances. To expect a tablet, which is based on a touch-based interface, to easily replace a mouse and a keyboard device directly, is to assume that tablet applications […]

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