Monday, December 12, 2011
Hard Disk Drive Shortages Effecting Intel's Fourth Quarter 2011
Intel announced today that it expects fourth quarter revenue to be below expectations due to hard disk drive shortages due to the Thailand floods this past fall. Intel also stated world PC supply chain is reducing inventories and microprocessor purchases as a result of HDD shortages. Inventories for HDD's are expected to recover in the first half of 2012. The HDD shortages has effected the prices of drives, computers, workstations and servers because of the strained inventories. Approximately forty-five percent or more of the HDD's are manufactured in Thailand. Analysts predict that hard drive shortages could pull PC production down as much as 10 percent through the first quarter of 2012. Ordering a computer or server with a 2TB drive could add 2-4 weeks for delivery. All this news may be great news for the solid state drives. This may have those considering a solid state drive, to buy one. See my previous post for more information on SSD versus HDD.