2010 Hard Disk Drive Capital Equipment and Technology Report Released

San Jose, CA?June 4, 2010?The 2010 Hard Disk Drive Capital Equipment
and Technology Report provides 189 pages of in-depth analysis of
technology developments and capital equipment spending to sustain the
growth and development of the hard disk drive industry. 25 tables and
109 figures give analysis and projections out to 2015. This is the
14th report produced by Coughlin Associates (and before that by
Peripheral Research) on this subject.

Some highlights from the report:

– We assume 225% growth in HDD capital equipment spending from 2010 to
2015 driven by three factors: unit demand doubling between 2010 and
2015, new technology introductions such as HAMR and patterned media
and updating facilities and processes.
– Total industry spending on capital equipment in 2010 is expected to
be about $3.0 B with 67% of this spent on process equipment, 26% on
production test and 7% on metrology.
– In 2010 Head, media and drive capital equipment spending is
estimated at 32%, 49% and 19% respectively
– Average HDD capital equipment spending per year between 2007 and
2015 is estimated at about 8.1% of HDD industry revenue, with this
percentage increasing in the last years of this period.
– Strong demand for HDDs in 2010 and 2011 combined with restrained
manufacturing capacity will help keep inventories low and average HDD
prices and revenues high, assisting in capital equipment investments.
– Continued technology development will make 10 TB 3.5-inch HDDs, 5 TB
2.5-inch HDDs and 1 TB 1.8-inch HDDs possible by 2015.
– Areal density growth may slow from 40-50% annually to a lower rate
during part of the projection period while the HDD industry makes a
major technology transition to heat assisted recording, patterned
media or shingle writing.

Purchase of the report and the accompanying power point presentation
with all figures and tables provides the most definitive information
on technology and capital spending trends for the hard disk drive
industry.

The 2010 Hard Disk Drive Capital Equipment and Technology Report is
now available from Coughlin Associates. To get a copy send in the
filled out order form in the report brochure at http://www.tomcoughlin.com/techpapers.htm
or call us at 408-978-8184 or email us at tom@tomcoughlin.com.

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