Entries with tag hardware market forecasts.

IDC Projects 2013 Computer Sales Down 10 Percent

Worldwide computer sales should contract by 10 percent or more in 2013, according to newly released data from IDC, making it the most severe annual sales dip on record. The drop is attributed to declining desktop and laptop computer sales. Although personal computers are still the primary device accessed by users for productivity tasks, devices such as tablets and phones are eroding the market. The market research firm also finds Windows tablets should increase to 10.2 percent of the market by 2017, but will still not approach sales of those tablets based on Google’s Android (58.8 percent) or Apple’s iOS  (30.6 percent) operating systems. (eWeek)(PC World)(PC Mag)(IDC)

Mobile PCs Spur Demand for Thin Hard Drives

More interest in thinner and lighter personal computers is expected to drive demand for thinner storage devices. Mobile PC shipments, worldwide, should be 133 million units by 2017 according to a new analysis by IHS, which says 5.0- and 7.0-millimeter HDDs should displace 9.5-mm drives now found in mobile devices. Analysts forecast shipments of 9.5-mm HDDs will decline from 245 million units in 2012 to 79 million in 2017. In addition to thinner HDDs, analysts anticipate solid-state hybrid drives to be increasingly used in ultrathin PCs and tablet PCs. IHS also expects SSD shipments to grow by roughly 90 percent to 64.6 million units while HDD shipments should decline to 545.8 million units, a loss of 5 percent. The full details appear in a recent Storage Space Brief from IHS. (ZDNet)(IHS) 

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