HDD & SSD Industry Market Analysis And Processing Trends

ELECTRONICS.CA PUBLICATIONS announces the availability of a new report entitled “The Hard Disk Drive (HDD) and Solid State Drive (SSD) Industry: Market Analysis And Processing Trends“.

Hard-disk drives have been the default storage component in desktop and laptop PCs for decades. As a result, the term “hard drive” is now the common descriptor for all storage hardware. Although modern hard-disk drives are far more advanced and higher-performing than their counterparts from yesteryear, on many levels their basic underlying technology remains unchanged. All hard-disk drives consist of quickly rotating magnetic platters paired with read/write heads that travel over the platters’ surfaces to retrieve or record data.

On many levels, solid-state drives are similar to hard drives. They usually connect to a system by way of the SATA interface (though PCI Express-based drives are also available for ultrahigh-performance applications), and they store files just as any other drive does. SSDs, however, eschew the magnetic platters and read/write heads of hard-disk drives in favor of nonvolatile NAND flash memory, so no mechanical parts or magnetic bits are involved.

Key criteria that differentiate HDDs and SSDs are:

Form factor

Without any moving parts, SSD products are the thinnest of the available storage options. They’re especially good for thin and light PCs and complex, industrial designs. For standard notebooks, SSDs are available in 5mm and 7mm heights. By comparison, HDDs are available in standard 7mm and 9.5mm designs. SSHDs debuted at 9mm, will ship at 7mm soon, and 5mm designs have been announced for shipment in 2013.


HDDs are the workhorses when it comes to sheer capacity and how much data can be stored. SSHD technology also offers maximum capacity points at affordable price points while SSDs are only affordable at lower capacities. High-capacity SSDs are extremely expensive.


SSDs provide peak performance for booting and high read/write performance to supporting computing that requires enhanced multitasking capabilities. On the other hand, an SSHD can provide near SSD performance for booting, launching, and loading data. HDDs usually provide ample performance for the majority of PC platforms shipping today.


At a system level, low-capacity SSDs can be affordable in the 32GB to 64GB range. But high-capacity SSDs are very expensive, especially when measured by cost per gigabyte. HDDs provide the lowest cost per gigabyte. SSHDs provide a cost per gigabyte that’s just slightly higher than HDDs.

Battery life

In general, storage will not impact battery life in a laptop computer by more than about 10%. Processor power and LCD really run down the battery. However, SSD is the most power-efficient, and SSHD is a close second because it can spin down more frequently than an HDD.


Failure rates on SSD, HDD, and SSHD technologies have very similar ratings. SSHD has benefits because it uses both the SSD and HDD portions more efficiently than if they were separate.


SSDs are viewed as more durable simply because of their solid state design. Without moving parts, they can withstand higher extremes of shock, drop, and temperature.

Details of the new report, table of contents and ordering information can be found on Electronics.ca Publications’ web site.  View the report: The Hard Disk Drive (HDD) and Solid State Drive (SSD) Industry: Market Analysis And Processing Trends.

SSD Industry Market Analysis  


Chapter 1 The Disk Drive Market Infrastructure

Chapter 2 The Hard Disk Drive Industry

2.1 Hard Disk Drive Trends 2-1
2.2 Hard Disk Form Factors 2-10
2.3 Hard Disk Drive Market Analysis 2-14
2.3.1 Desktop PCs 2-23
2.3.2 Portable PCs 2-23
2.3.3 Enterprise 2-26
2.3.4 Consumer Electronics 2-26
2.4 Competitive Structure 2-34
2.4.1 HDD Market Share 2-34

Chapter 3 The Solid State Drive Industry

3.1 Solid-State Drives (SSD) Trends 3-1
3.2 Solid-State Drives Market Analysis 3-2
3.2.1 Client SSD Trends and Forecast 3-8
3.2.2 Enterprise SSD Trends and Forecast 3-15
3.2.3 Hybrid Hard Drives (HHD) Forecast 3-20
3.3 3D NAND Forecast 3-23
3.3.1 Comparison of 3D-NAND Structures 3-25
3.4 SSD Capacity Forecast 3-29

Chapter 4 Recording Heads

4.1 Thin Film Read/Write Heads 4-1
4.1.1 Thin Film (TF) Heads 4-2
4.1.2 Magnetoresistive (MR/AMR) Heads 4-2
4.1.3 Giant Magnetoresistive (GMR) Heads 4-4
4.1.4 Colossal Magnetoresistive (CMR) Heads 4-7
4.1.5 Current-Perpendicular-To-Place (CPP) Heads 4-8
4.1.6 Ballistic Magnetoresistance (BMR) Heads 4-8
4.2 Trends 4-10
4.3 Recording Head Market Forecast 4-18

Chapter 5 Processing Trends And Markets

5.1 Head Processing 5-1
5.1.1 Head Fabrication – CMP, Deposition, Lithography 5-6 CMP Challenges 5-11
–  Ceria Slurry For Glass Disk Market 5-17
– Oxide Slurry For Metal Disk Market 5-22
– Oxide Slurry For Thin Film Head Market 5-25 Lithography Challenges 5-28
5.2 Patterned Magnetic Media 5-31
5.2.1 Conventional Media 5-32
5.2.2 Patterned Media 5-34
5.3 Market Analysis Of Discrete Track Media 5-44
5.3.1 The Perpendicular Recording Movement 5-44
5.3.2 Cost of Ownership (CoO) Analysis 5-59
5.4 NAND Processing 5-65
5.4.1 2D NAND Processing 5-67
5.4.2 3D NAND Processing 5-73 Etch Challenges and Market Forecast 5-80 Deposition Challenges and Market Forecast 5-81
5.5 3D ReRAM Challenges 5-82

Chapter 3 The Media Market

3.1 Industry Trends 3-1
3.2 Media Profiles 3-5
3.3 Media Market Supplier Shares 3-7

Chapter 4 The Substrate Market

4.1 Platter Substrate Materials 4-1
4.1.1 Aluminum Disks 4-4
4.1.2 Glass Disks 4-6
4.2 Substrate Market 4-11
4.3 Substrate Suppliers 4-16
4.4 Glass Substrate Supplier Shares 4-21



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