On the portables side, we've seen SSD power consumption dip to below 1W in some cases, substantially lengthening notebook battery life without requiring a technology advance in the lithium battery market. The absence of a spinning HDD also greatly reduces noise and improves reliability of notebooks. Without the spinning disk, a computer that gets transported regularly has zero chance of derailing the header/platter alignment within the enclosure.
A recent report by Transparent Market Research (TMR) states the SSD market's global value as $15.1B USD in 2014, and suggests a growth to $229.5B by 2022 – a compound annual growth-rate of 40.7%. TMR states that the SSD marketplace revenue is comprised largely of consumer SSDs, at 88.1%, which also hold 68.7% of total market volume. Considering SSDs were initially an Enterprise product at server-grade pricing, this is a big switch-over in the market.
TMR reports that Intel, Samsung, and SanDisk held 57.5% of SSD revenue in 2014.
As for PCI-e SSDs, the endless restructuring and ownership transfers of LSI's SandForce division made for a switch-up in the marketplace, with Marvell and Fison commanding more marketshare in modern SATA and M.2 SSDs. M.2 SSDs utilize the PCI-e interface for data transfer, but are built to a smaller form factor (and consume no more than 4 PCI-e lanes, usually). The PCI-e SSD marketshare is projected to see a growth of 61.2% CAGR through 2022.
- Steve “Lelldorianx” Burke.