Innovation by disk drive makers has pushed technology advances roughly twice as fast as Moores Law. Market research firm Trend Focus expects hard drive shipments to consumer electronics makers such as Sony Corp., Hewlett-Packard Co. and others to more than triple to 55 million units in 2006 from an estimated 17 million last year.
"Not that the PC is a boring thing, but were now getting to the point where some of these fun, consumer electronics devices are using these hard drives," said Dave Reinsel, worldwide research manager for market research firm IDC.
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