Cache SSD shipments to explode, driven by Intel Ultrabook initiative
Explosive growth is expected for cache solid state drivers (SSDs) with strong support from Intel Corp., according to market research firm IHS iSuppli. Cache SSD are regular solid state drives made up purely of NAND flash. Cache SSD, however, is not an independent storage drive and must run alongside a separate hard drive.
While sales of ultrabooks rise, shipments of cache SSD units this year are projected to reach 25.7 million, climbing from 881,000 units in 2011 when the technology first appeared, according to an IHS iSuppli Storage Space Market Brief. The report projects 68.2 million units of cache SSDs will ship in 2013 and 121 million units in 2015.
According to the report, the majority of cache SSD units will locate their way into devices known as ultrabooks—the superthin mobile computers launched by chipmaker Intel in 2011—even though non-ultrabook desktops and notebooks also will account for cache SSD use. Of the more than 25 million cache SSDs to be shipped this year, about 22 million units will be present in ultrabooks, up from a mere 500,000 last year.
“Intel is continuing to put its eggs into the ultrabook basket, as indicated by its activities at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this week,” said Ryan Chien, research associate for memory & storage at IHS. “From the company’s introduction of the Nikiski reference design, to its announcement that more than 60 additional ultrabook designs will enter the market in time for the 2012 holiday season, Intel at CES showed that Ultrabooks have become the centerpiece of its mobile computing strategy. Cache SSDs represent a key part of Intel’s Ultrabook specification, providing performance, convenience and power-savings capabilities that play a key role in defining the platform.”