Intel: Hard Drive Shortage & Ultrabrooks Drive Opportunity For SSDs
Intel in Europe has indicated that the hard drive shortage marks an opportunity for wider retailer adoption of SSDs, though the company also indicated that it was selling out all the SSDs it could produce, according to NordicHardware.
Intel CFO Stacy Smith last week told ZDNet that while SSDs were yet to take off in demand, the introduction of thin-form Ultrabooks and the hard drive shortage could spark demand through 2012.
“So far we have not seen a big uptake in demand for SSDs. That said, I do expect that to happen.
“I think that it will be one of the ways that the industry helps offset some of the HDD shortage; and I also think if you go out towards the end of 2012, and you think about notebook computer at the end of 2012, which is very thin, very light, very power efficient, Ultrabook class machine, SSDs become really important in that. And so, we will certainly be using this as an opportunity to help drive that trend.”
Research by Digitimes indicates that hard drive supply will bounce back soon though, with the supply gap in hard drives starting to fill up in February 2012 after the void hits its most extreme in December/January.