Samsung held its top spot in the solid-state drive market last year, and is expected to further cement its position and increase revenue in the coming years.
According to market research firm IHS, Samsung Electronics held 34 percent market share for 2014, with revenues of $3.996 billion — double that of runner-up Intel, which posted $1.99 billion.
Samsung last year began shipping SSDs made using its 3D V-NAND flashes, releasing an array of new line-ups. 3D-VAND stacks memory cells so that it can offer more capacity in the same space. Only Samsung and Japan’s Toshiba are currently producing them.
The South Korean memory chip giant also launched SSDs based on triple-level cells (TLC). TLC offers 3 bits of memory per cell, more than single-level cells (SLC) or multi-level cells (MLC). Lifespan was noted as being shorter, but the company has applied its NVMe interface to increase competence.
Samsung is supplying SSDs to Apple for its MacBooks, Samsung insiders say, while it is also in talks with Apple, Google, and Amazon to supply its goods for their datacentres. Strong demand from mobile, PCs, and servers will likely continue to fuel growth.