Flash Memory: Technologies and Global Markets

Flash Memory: Technologies and Global Markets

BCC, Date of Publication: May 26, 2014
US$6,650.00
GB-SMC098A

The global market for flash memory was valued at $28.4 billion in 2012 and $30.1 billion in 2013. This market is expected to grow to $43.9 billion by 2018, a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.8% for the five-year period, 2013 to 2018.

This report provides:

  • An overview of the global market for solid-state flash memory and related technologies.
  • Analyses of global market trends, with data from 2012 and 2013, and projections of CAGRs through 2018.
  • A compare and contrast analysis of flash memory to current hard-disc based storage.
  • Information on market drivers, trends, and the future outlook for flash memory technology.

The storage industry has been dominated by traditional spinning disk technology based on magnetic storage. With the advances in semiconductor technology and falling prices of flash memory, the industry is fast moving toward replacing the hard disk by solid-state memory based on flash.

No moving parts, low power, less weight and so forth are some of the features that make flash memory extremely attractive for a wide range of applications. Since flash memory is based on traditional complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) technology, all the advantages offered by semiconductor technology are transferred seamlessly to flash memory and it is easier to scale with new semiconductor technology.

This report investigates different technologies used in solid-state flash memory. It compares and contrasts flash memory with current hard-disk-based storage technology. The report examines the total available market for flash memory according to various application areas and discusses how flash memories are customized for each. A complete analysis of servers and the storage market is also included, taking into account where the flash memory is expected to lead to major change.

The report also focuses on a summary of key players in different segments along with market share information. A forecast of the total market in each category by dollar, downloads and geography over the next five years is provided. The report also includes an analysis of patents filed in this market by various companies.

RESEARCH BACKGROUND

A research study aimed at analyzing this market is useful to anyone connected to this field. It provides students, executives and those interested in technology with insight into the underlying technology, market forces and trends that will help them understand the market dynamics.

REPORT SCOPE AND ORGANIZATION

This report examines flash memory according to market segment: enterprise/personal computer, mobile and peripherals. For each segment, we have estimated the total market, the number of applications and average revenue per application.

The following is provided for each segment:

  • Definition of technical details.
  • Overall market description.
  • Comparison with other segments.
  • Growth forecast and market trends.
  • Business models.
  • Key players and market share.

The goal of the report is to provide readers with the following:

  • Understanding of the underlying flash memory technology. 
  • Knowledge of how these markets differ and shape the technology.
  • Knowledge of business models used in different market segments.
  • Understanding of the market potential for each segment and projections for the next 5 years.

TARGET AUDIENCE

This report will be useful to a broad reader base. More specifically, the following should benefit:

  • Embedded software and hardware industry insiders, including executives, managers, marketing professionals and salespeople, who are looking to enhance their business knowledge by understanding more about the multimedia chipsets market.
  • Product marketing and management professionals from the embedded, enterprise and consumer market ecosystem who want to understand the intricacies of the market and position their products accordingly.
  • Business and venture executives in the technology industry looking to invest in flash memory technology companies.
  • Finance and investment professionals looking to make investment decisions for flash memory companies.

RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

Market data and information for this report were obtained through numerous channels. Both primary and secondary research methodologies were used in preparing this study.

For example, industry association data was obtained, along with publicly available information from various companies. These include Securities and Exchange Commission filings by public companies, presentations from various conferences, and articles and reports published by company insiders.

Sales data for various device manufacturers were used to determine the total number of devices sold. That data were then compared with the data available from various software companies that make software for mobile platforms.

Interviews were conducted with company executives and other industry experts to obtain market insight. The companies selected for this purpose fell into several categories, including hardware suppliers, device manufacturers and engineering services companies.

Other sources used include exhaustive Internet searches, blogs and articles written by industry journalists. Editors and executives provided individual perspectives about the market. Industry journals and publications, white papers and technical notes were also reviewed.


TABLE OF CONTENTS

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Chapter- 1: INTRODUCTION - Complimentary

STUDY GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
RESEARCH BACKGROUND
REPORT SCOPE AND ORGANIZATION
TARGET AUDIENCE
RESEARCH METHODOLOGY
ANALYST'S CREDENTIALS
DISCLAIMER

Chapter- 2: SUMMARY  $250

Table Summary : GLOBAL MARKET FOR FLASH MEMORY BY REGION, THROUGH 2018
Figure Summary : GLOBAL MARKET FOR FLASH MEMORY BY REGION, 2012-2018

Chapter- 3: STORAGE TECHNOLOGY AND DEVICES  $990

STORAGE BASICS
TYPES OF PRIMARY STORAGE
RAM
ROM
SECONDARY STORAGE
Forms of Auxiliary Memory
HDD
TERTIARY STORAGE
OFFLINE STORAGE
TERMINOLOGY OF STORAGE
TYPES OF STORAGE TECHNOLOGIES AND DEVICES
OFFLINE STORAGE DEVICES
Floppy Drive
USB Flash Drive
CD Drive
DVD Drive
Blu-ray Drive
Secure Digital (SD) card
Hard-Disk Drive
Desktop HDDs
Mobile HDDs
Enterprise HDDs
Embedded HDDs
Figure 1 : TYPICAL BUILDING BLOCKS OF A COMPUTER

Chapter- 4: FLASH MEMORY MARKET  $1698

FLASH MEMORY TECHNOLOGY BASICS
PRINCIPLES OF OPERATION
NOR Flash
NAND Flash
Vertical NAND
Distinction Between NOR and NAND Flash
APPLICATIONS OF FLASH MEMORY
Flash Memory Usage in Serial Flash
Flash Memory as a Replacement for Hard Drives
Flash Memory as RAM
Archival or Long-term Storage
MULTILEVEL CELL FLASH
FLASH MARKET
TOP VENDORS IN FLASH MEMORY
SELECTED COMPANY PROFILES
EON SILICON SOLUTIONS
HYNIX
INTEL
MACRONIX INTERNATIONAL
MICROCHIP
MICRON TECHNOLOGY
SAMSUNG
SPANSION
TOSHIBA
WINBOND

Chapter- 5: FLASH IN ENTERPRISE MARKET  $3042

FLASH AS A STORAGE DEVICE
FLASH-BASED SSDS
ENTERPRISE FLASH DRIVES
ARCHITECTURE AND FUNCTION
CONTROLLER
DRAM-BASED SSD
Host Interface
HARD-DISK DRIVES (HDDS) IN ENTERPRISES
SDD AND HDD MARKET
HDD AND SDD COMPARED
FLASH CARD AS AN SSD
SSD APPLICATIONS
HARD DRIVES CACHING
TOP ENTERPRISE APPLICATIONS FOR FLASH
STORAGE TECHNOLOGY IN ENTERPRISE
STORAGE AREA NETWORKS
Storage Interface Types
Network-Attached Storage (NAS)
NAS vs. Device-attached Storage (DAS)
NAS vs. SAN
SAN-NAS Hybrid Storage
FLASH MARKET IN ENTERPRISE/PC MARKET
MARKET PLAYERS: SDD AND HDD MARKET
SELECTED COMPANY PROFILES
Table 24 : MARKET SHARES OF TOP HARD DISK MANUFACTURERS, 2013
Table 25 : MARKET SHARES OF TOP SSD COMPANIES, 2013
Table 26 : LIST OF KEY HARD DISK, FLASH MEMORY AND SSD MANUFACTURERS

Chapter- 6: FLASH IN THE MOBILE MARKET  $2335

FLASH MEMORY IN THE MOBILE MARKET
POPULAR MOBILE DEVICES
Smartphones
Feature Phones
Tablets
Digital Cameras
FLASH MEMORY IN MOBILE MARKET
Table 31 : FLASH IN MOBILE MARKET, THROUGH 2018
Table 32 : NAND VS. NOR IN MOBILE MARKET, THROUGH 2018
Table 33 : FLASH MEMORY IN MOBILE MARKET BY GEOGRAPHIC REGION, THROUGH 2018
SELECTED COMPANY PROFILES
Acer
Apple
ASUS
BlackBerry (formerly Research in Motion)
Google
HTC
Huwaei
LG
Motorola (Google)
Microsoft
Samsung
Sony
ZTE
Table 28 : COMPARISON OF FLASH IN MOBILE AND ENTERPRISE MARKET
Table 29 : TYPICAL AMOUNT OF FLASH IN MOBILE DEVICES, 2013

Chapter- 7: FLASH IN PERIPHERALS  $1203

USB
SD
SDSC
SDHC
SDXC
CF
FLASH MEMORY MARKET IN PERIPHERALS
SELECTED COMPANY PROFILES
Table 35 : FLASH MEMORY MARKET FOR PERIPHERALS, THROUGH 2018
Table 36 : FLASH MEMORY MARKET SEGMENTED BY PERIPHERAL TYPE, THROUGH 2018
Table 37 : FLASH MARKET BY GEOGRAPHIC REGION FOR PERIPHERALS, THROUGH 2018

Chapter- 8: PATENT ANALYSIS  $212

PATENTS RELATED TO FLASH MEMORY
Table 38 : U.S. PATENTS AWARDED FOR FLASH MEMORY, 1976-2013
Table 39 : U.S. PATENTS AWARDED FOR FLASH MEMORY IN MOBILE AND ENTERPRISE SEGMENTS, 1976-2013
Table 40 : U.S. PATENTS AWARDED TO SELECTED COMPANIES FOR FLASH MEMORY TECHNOLOGY, 1976-2013
Table 41 : U.S. PATENTS AWARDED TO SELECTED COUNTRIES FOR FLASH MEMORY TECHNOLOGY, 1976-2013

List of Tables 

Summary Table : GLOBAL MARKET FOR FLASH MEMORY BY REGION, THROUGH 2018
Table 1 : DIFFERENCES BETWEEN NOR AND NAND TECHNOLOGY
Table 2 : FLASH MARKET WORLDWIDE, THROUGH 2018
Table 3 : FLASH MARKET WORLDWIDE SEGMENTED BY TECHNOLOGY, THROUGH 2018
Table 4 : NAND FLASH MEMORY MARKET WORLDWIDE, THROUGH 2018
Table 5 : NOR FLASH MEMORY MARKET WORLDWIDE, THROUGH 2018
Table 6 : NAND AND NOR MARKET COMPARED AS A PERCENTAGE OF OVERALL MARKET, 2012-2018
Table 7 : FLASH MARKET BY INDUSTRY, THROUGH 2018
Table 8 : TOP MARKET SEGMENTS BY INDUSTRY, 2013 AND 2018
Table 9 : FLASH MEMORY MARKET BY GEOGRAPHIC REGION, THROUGH 2018
Table 10 : MAXIMUM SIZE OF EXTERNAL FLASH-BASED STORAGE DEVICES
Table 11 : MARKET SHARE OF TOP VENDORS IN FLASH MEMORY, 2013
Table 12 : MARKET SHARE OF NAND FLASH VENDORS, 2013
Table 13 : MARKET SHARE OF NOR FLASH VENDORS, 2013
Table 14 : COMPARISON OF FLASH CELL TECHNOLOGIES IN SSD
Table 15 : HARD-DISK DRIVE (HDD) MARKET, THROUGH 2018
Table 16 : HDD MARKET BY VOLUME, 2012-2018
Table 17 : SSD MARKET, THROUGH 2018
Table 18 : SSD MARKET SHIPMENTS, THROUGH 2018
Table 19 : SSD MARKET PENETRATION AS A PERCENTAGE OF STORAGE DEVICES, 2012-2018
Table 20 : COMPARISON OF FLASH AND HARD-DISK STORAGE TECHNOLOGY
Table 21 : SSD MARKET IN STORAGE BY INTERFACE TYPE, 2013
Table 22 : TOTAL FLASH MARKET IN ENTERPRISE/PC MARKET, THROUGH 2018
Table 23 : TOTAL SDD MARKET BY GEOGRAPHICAL REGION, THROUGH 2018
Table 24 : MARKET SHARES OF TOP HARD DISK MANUFACTURERS, 2013
Table 25 : MARKET SHARES OF TOP SSD COMPANIES, 2013
Table 26 : LIST OF KEY HARD DISK, FLASH MEMORY AND SSD MANUFACTURERS
Table 27 : RANGE OF PRODUCTS OFFERED
Table 28 : COMPARISON OF FLASH IN MOBILE AND ENTERPRISE MARKET
Table 29 : TYPICAL AMOUNT OF FLASH IN MOBILE DEVICES, 2013
Table 30 : FLASH MEMORY-FEATURE PHONES VS. SMARTPHONES
Table 31 : FLASH IN MOBILE MARKET, THROUGH 2018
Table 32 : NAND VS. NOR IN MOBILE MARKET, THROUGH 2018
Table 33 : FLASH MEMORY IN MOBILE MARKET BY GEOGRAPHIC REGION, THROUGH 2018
Table 34 : APPLE REVENUE BY DECADE, 1977 TO PRESENT
Table 35 : FLASH MEMORY MARKET FOR PERIPHERALS, THROUGH 2018
Table 36 : FLASH MEMORY MARKET SEGMENTED BY PERIPHERAL TYPE, THROUGH 2018
Table 37 : FLASH MARKET BY GEOGRAPHIC REGION FOR PERIPHERALS, THROUGH 2018
Table 38 : U.S. PATENTS AWARDED FOR FLASH MEMORY, 1976-2013
Table 39 : U.S. PATENTS AWARDED FOR FLASH MEMORY IN MOBILE AND ENTERPRISE SEGMENTS, 1976-2013
Table 40 : U.S. PATENTS AWARDED TO SELECTED COMPANIES FOR FLASH MEMORY TECHNOLOGY, 1976-2013
Table 41 : U.S. PATENTS AWARDED TO SELECTED COUNTRIES FOR FLASH MEMORY TECHNOLOGY, 1976-2013

List of Figures

Summary Figure : GLOBAL MARKET FOR FLASH MEMORY BY REGION, 2012-2018
Figure 1 : TYPICAL BUILDING BLOCKS OF A COMPUTER

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