|Kingston, ADATA, and Tigo Took Top Three in TrendForce’s 2018 Ranking of Branded SSD Module Makers by Market Share for Channel-Market SSDs|
TrendForce’s latest analysis of the SSD market finds that the total worldwide shipments of branded SSDs bound for the channel (retail) market in 2018 reached around 81 million units, showing a huge increase of 50% from 2017. Kingston Technology, ADATA Technology, and Tigo retained first, second, and third place respectively in the ranking of branded SSD module makers (excluding NAND Flash suppliers) by market share for channel-market SSDs.
According to TrendForce’s data, NAND Flash suppliers (including Samsung, WDC, Micron, SK Hynix, Intel, etc.) accounted for about 35% of the total SSD shipments to the channel market in 2018. The shipment share of the dedicated SSD module makers (including brand and white-box manufacturers) for the same year came to almost 65%.
Lastly, TrendForce’s analysis indicates that the major suppliers of SSD controller chips now consider Mainland China as their main battleground because SSD module makers there are showing huge growth potential in the channel market. Specification-wise, the mainland-based module makers are increasingly demanding solutions that can support 92/96L TLC 256/512Gb and 96L QLC 1Tb Flash in the second half of this year (2H19). It should be noted that volume production for 96L QLC 1Tb Flash could begin as early as this fourth quarter. Controller chip suppliers that want tap into the demand from Mainland China will have to extend their product lines to cover SATA DRAM-less solutions as well as PCIe G3 DRAM-less solutions for the mid-range/low-end segment. The competition among controller chip suppliers in offering mid-range/low-end PCIe G3 solutions is expected to become very intense in the 2019-2020 period.