April 15, 2009

A few dollars separate 80 GB - 320 GB storage capacities

Converge Storage Update.

3.5" drives:
There has been little change month over month in the 3.5" market. Demand for 3.5" IDE and SATA HDDs is on par with March. Pricing for 80 GB through 400 GB has increased slightly in the open market. Converge believes this is a combination of the need for cost savings, alternative solutions and shrinking supply. There is a pricing logjam in the 80 GB through 320 GB range, with only $1 to $2 separating capacities. This holds true for both SATA and PATA. At the 400 GB level, prices increase sharply to the mid-$30 range, with 500 GB and 750 GB in the high-$30 and mid-$50 ranges, respectively.

2.5" drives:
The trend continues in the 2.5" market month over month, with an increasingly positive outlook for Q2. Converge is still monitoring increased part number–specific demand for the SATA interface in the 80 GB-through-320 GB range for both service and production. The preferred brands are Toshiba and Fujitsu, followed closely by Western Digital. Inventory levels seem to be decreasing as pricing has stabilized for these SATA capacities.

The 2.5" PATA market remains unchanged from March. Excess opportunities remain scarce, translating into increased demand and prices. This is true from the 20 GB up to the 80 GB capacity in both the 4200 RPM and 5400 RPM speeds. In both interfaces, the 7200 RPM speeds carry a significant price premium.

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