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Sunday, January 12, 2014
HDD Shipments Reached The 142 Million in 4Q13
HDD shipments in 4Q13 remained almost flat in the last quarter of 2013, with commercial PC replacements to slightly lift shipments of desktop, mobile HDDs, while enterprise HDDs held nearly flat to prior quarter.
According to data recently relesaed by analysts from
Trendfocus, Inc. HDD shipments top 142 million in 4Q13 - flat
compared to former quarter at 140 million.
The demand for 3.5" Desktop/CE HDDs drove the largest unit
increase compared to other segments during CQ4, to
approximately 53 million units. While CE remained nearly flat
to CQ3 '13, a commercial PC refresh fueled by end-of-year
budget flushing as well as the impending end-of-support for
Windows XP in April 2014 lifted HDD shipments by at least 2
million units sequentially. With very mature one-platter HDDs
comprising the majority of the volume, preliminary ASP
estimates indicate a sequential decline of 1% or less.
Although gaming HDDs were down in typical seasonal fashion, the
total 2.5" Mobile/CE HDD segment increased slightly from the
prior quarter to around 72 million units. The gaming HDD
decline was more than offset by slightly better than expected
notebook PCs and seasonal retail external HDD sales. Commercial
notebook demand likely supported the gains, while lackluster
consumer notebook demand continued to hold down growth. Perhaps
the most positive news about consumer notebook PCs is that
demand has stabilized slightly, avoiding the significant
erosion seen over the past year. Preliminary sequential ASP
declines are estimated in the range of 1% or less given the
mature product mix.
The 3.5"/2.5" total amount of enterprise HDDs held at just over
17 million. Traditional performance enterprise HDD remained
flat after measurable gains in CQ3. Nearline HDDs did not fully
recover from the prior quarter's dip and ended CQ4 at just
under 9 million units. While newer high capacity models
continue to post sequential price declines in the range of 2%
to 4%, the preliminary ASP decline for the full segment is
estimated to be 2% or less.