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Consumer Electronics Driving Hard Disk Innovation
Nov 24, 2003
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Storage experts are forecasting that consumer electronics will account for a fifth of all hard drive sales by 2008, according to a report by PC Advisor.

While worldwide sales of hard drives for consumer electronics products totaled just 5.8 million units in 2002, storage market analysis company Coughlin Associates expects that number to expand to 84.4 million by 2008, according to the report.

Demand for personal video recorders (PVR) will reportedly be driven by an addiction to TV, accounting for nearly one-half of all consumer hard drive shipments.

The once-exclusive domain of the analogue VHS tape format, personal video recorders (PVRs) based around hard disk drives are said to be making inroads into living rooms alongside other hard drive-based devices such as the Microsoft Xbox games console and various audio jukebox and MP3 player products, the report said.

According to research analysts Datamonitor, 104 million European homes will have digital TV set-top boxes by 2007, of which more than a 10th (14 million) will sport hard-disk-based PVR capability.

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