Digitimes reports that the prices of retail laptops are expected to increase by 5% to 15% in 2Q2017 to offset the rising cost of components.
Components like DRAM, SSDs, and displays are experiencing a shortage due to a shift in manufacturing. Many component manufacturers are prioritizing production for the lucrative smartphone market which has unfortunately left a shortage of PC components.
The shortage has already began affecting both the DRAM and NAND markets last year. Mainstream SSDs are expected to increase by 10% due to the NAND shortage and PC vendors have already begun seeing SSD price quotes [...]
Market research firm, Forward Insights, recently released their 2016 SSD marketshare report and according to the report, 63 million SSDs were shipped in the channel over the past year despite the NAND shortage that occurred during a significant portion of the year. The channel market includes distributors, resellers, retail/e-tail, system builders, and solution providers.
As expected, Samsung took the #1 spot for SSDs shipped in the channel, racking up 21% of the market, or 13.23 million units. Following in the #2 spot is Kingston, which took 16% of the market, or 10.08 million units. This is followed by SanDisk, Micron, A-DATA and Toshiba with between 5%-7% [...]
ADATA aims to keep your storage safe with its new SD700X External SSD.
Using a shell that protects the SSD inside like an armored truck, the ADATA SD700X’s ruggedized exterior is sealed to IEC IP68 water and dustproof standards. The drive can be submerged in 1.5m-deep water for 60 minutes without being damaged. Rubber bumpers also ensure that the drive is “military-grade” shockproof. The drive also meets MIL-STD-810G 516.6 requirements. The drive is also backed by a 3-year warranty.
Resting inside the case is an SSD built using 3D TLC NAND. It comes in 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB capacities capable of running up to 440MB/430MB/s in sequential [...]
In case you haven’t heard, there’s been a massive NAND shortage in the industry due to a combination of lower production along with higher than expected demand.
According to a recent report by market intelligence firm, DRAMeXchange, a division of TrendForce, mainstream client SSDs are feeling the effects of the shortage as contract prices are expected to increase over 10% in the 1Q2017. MLC based products are expected to see a price increase of 12%-16% and TLC based products are expected to see a price increase of 10%-16%. As a result of the shortage, shipments of client SSDs are expected to drop 7%-8% in 1Q2017.
Due to customer preferences, the NAND [...]
Despite their financial woes, Toshiba has reason to celebrate today as they were recently named the fastest growing HDD and SSD maker in both revenue and units in 2016 by market intelligence firm IDC.
According to the IDC “Worldwide 4Q16 HDD Shipment Results and Four-Quarter Forecast Update” report, Toshiba’s HDD unit market share increased by 9% in 4Q2016, reaching a total of 24% market share in the $25 billion HDD market in 2016. In 2016, Toshiba was the only HDD manufacturer to see an increase in revenue.
Further, according to the IDC “Worldwide Solid State Storage Quarterly Update, CY 4Q16” report, Toshiba’s SSD market [...]
Amid massive shortages due to increased demand, the NAND Flash market is booming. According to latest report from market intelligence firm, TrendForce, revenues have increased a massive 17.8% quarter over quarter, now reaching a total of $12 Billion in 4Q2016.
Looking at the results, the biggest winners in the 4Q2016 is Micron, which saw revenue increase by 26.9%. This is followed by Intel which saw revenue increase by 25.7%, Western Digital by 22% and Samsung by 19.5%. Toshiba and SK Hynix saw the lowest revenue increases at 8.5% and 9% respectively.
In terms of marketshare, Samsung once again dominated the market by a massive margin. In 4Q2016, Samsung [...]
Due to massive losses from their nuclear power business, Toshiba is spinning off their NAND manufacturing business and what was initially supposed to be a sale of just 20% of the business has turned into a majority stake. Numerous companies have been reported to be interested in acquiring the Toshiba memory business including heavy hitters such as SK Hynix, Micron, Western Digital, Tsinghua Unigroup, and more.
According to a new report from DigiTimes, it looks like pure-play foundry TSMC (Taiwanese Semiconductor Manufacturing Company) may also be interested in acquiring a stake in Toshiba’s NAND business to expand into the storage business.
According to [...]
Several weeks ago, we published an article on some of what we consider the best benchmarking applications for testing HDD and SSD performance. After the article was published, we realized that while most of us familiar with storage benchmarking can easily discern what each of the results mean, those not familiar with storage testing have little to no idea what stuff like MB/s, IOPS, or ms actually means and more importantly what the numbers tell us in the grand scheme of storage performance.
As such, today we’ll be covering what most of the storage industry would consider as the trifecta of storage performance: IOPS, Throughput, and [...]
With the NAND shortage in full effect at CES this year, SSDs didn’t really make much of an appearance at the show. However, we did get a chance to stop by controller vendor, Phison, who had a new entry level PCIe NVMe controller to show.
The new controller is the Phison E8 which is going to be the low cost brother to the Phison E7. The new controller will come in two variants: the PS5008-E8 or PS5008-E8T.
The Phison PS5008-E8 will be a PCIe Gen 3 x2 controller featuring performance up to 1.6GB/s sequential reads and 1.3GB/s sequential writes. Random read/write performance will top out at 240K/220K IOPS respectively. It’ll also feature support [...]
Intel’s collaboration with Micron to develop 3D XPoint storage has been a long time in the works and for the first time, we’re getting a concrete idea of how Intel’s upcoming Optane 3D XPoint-based enterprise SSDs will perform.
According to a recently leaked spec sheet by Chinese technology website, Techbang, the upcoming Intel Optane DC P4800X a very admirable drive. Coming in the HHHL form factor, the Optane DC P4800X features up to 375TB of storage and features the PCIe NVMe interface which allows for sequential read/write speed of up to 2,400/2,000MB/s, and 4K random performance up to 550,000/550,000 IOPS respectively.
What’s really [...]