Best of the Week
Most Popular
1.What Happened to the Stock Market Crash Experts Were Predicting - Sol_Palha
2.London Housing Market Property Bubble Vulnerable To Crash - GoldCore
3.The Plan to Control ALL Your Money is Now at Advanced Stage
4.Why Gold Is Set For An Epic Rally This Spring - James Burgess
5.MR ROBOT NHS Cyber Attack Hack - Why Israel, NSA, CIA and GCHQ are Culpable - Nadeem_Walayat
6.Emmanuel Macron and Banking Elite Win French Presidential Election 2017 - Nadeem_Walayat
7.Trend Lines Met, Technical's are Set - US Dollar is Ready to Rally (Elliott Wave Analysis) - Enda_Glynn
8.The Student Debt Servitude Sham - Gordon_T_Long
9.Czar Trump Fires Comey, Terminates Deep State FBI, CIA Director Next? - Nadeem_Walayat
10.UK Local Elections 2017 - Labour Blood Bath, UKIP Death, Tory June 8th Landslide - Nadeem_Walayat
Last 7 days
Stock Market Forecast for Next 3 Months - Video - 23rd May 17
Shale Oil & Gas Production Costs Spiral Higher As Monstrous Decline Rates Eat Into Cash Flows - 23rd May 17
The Only Metal Trump Wants More Than Gold - 23rd May 17
America's Southern Heritage is a Threat to the Deep State - 23rd May 17
Manchester Bombing - ISIS Islamic Terrorist Attack Attempt to Influence BrExit Election - 23rd May 17
What an America First Trade Policy Could Mean for the US Dollar - 22nd May 17
Gold and Sillver Markets - Silver Price Sharp Selloff - 22nd May - 22nd May 17
Stock Market Volatile C-Wave - 22nd May 17
Stock Market Trend Forecast and Fear Trading - 22nd May 17
US Dollar Cycle : Deep Dive - 21st May 17
Bitcoin Breaks the $2,000 Mark as Cryptocurrencies Continue to Explode Higher - 21st May 17
Stocks, Commodities and Gold Multi-Market Status - 21st May 17
Stock Market Day Trading Strategies and Brief 20th May 2017 - 21st May 17
DOW Needs to Rally Big or Correction is Next - 20th May 17
EURUSD reaches DO or DIE moment! - 20th May 17
How to Get FREE Walkers Crisps Multi-packs! £5 to £28k Pay Packet Promo - 20th May 17
UK BrExit General Election 2017 - Will Opinion Pollsters Finally Get it Right? - 19th May 17
Gold Mining Junior Stocks GDXJ 2017 Fundamentals - 19th May 17
If China Can Fund Infrastructure With Its Own Credit, So Can We - 19th May 17
Evidence That Stocks are More Overvalued than Ever - 19th May 17
Obamacare May Become Zombiecare In 2018 - 19th May 17
The End of Reflation? Implications for Gold - 19th May 17
Gold and Silver Trading Alert: New Important Technical Development - 19th May 17
Subversion And Constructive Synthesis Of Capitalism And Socialism - 18th May 17
Silver: Train Leaving Station Soon! - 18th May 17
Credit and Volatility Signal That Financial Conditions Are Very Overheated - 18th May 17
Another Stock Market "Minsky Moment" or Will the Markets Calm Down? - 18th May 17
WannaCry Ransomware Virus Is a Globalist False Flag Attack On Bitcoin - 18th May 17
Euro, Stocks, Gold Momentum Extremes All Round! - 18th May 17
US Stock Market Slumps on Establishment / CIA Trump Impeachment Coup Plan - 18th May 17
Tory Landslide, Labour Bloodbath - Will Opinion Pollsters Finally Get a UK Election Right? - 17th May 17
The stock market sectors which are breaking out in 2017 - 17th May 17
A ‘Must-See’ Chart for Gold and Silver Aficionados  - 17th May 17
Will the SPX Stock Market Final Surge Fail to Appear? - 16th May 17
Claim your FREE copy of Jim Rickards’ explosive book - 16th May 17
GOP Establishment Elite Plots Trump Removal - 16th May 17
Walkers Crisps Pay Packet Cheats, Shoplifters and Staff Conning Customers - 16th May 17
Gold and Sillver Markets - Silver Price Sharp Selloff - 15th May 17
Gold Stocks Poised to Soar Sharply Higher! - 15th May 17
This One Undiscovered Pot Stock Could Help Investors Cash In On The “Green Gold Rush” - 15th May 17
WIll Trump Tax Cuts Debt Binge Save Stock Market From Double Top Bear Plunge? - 15th May 17
Trump Rally or Geopolitical Meltdown: Currency Management for Dollar Risk - 15th May 17
A Shallow Stock Market Correction? - 15th May 17

Market Oracle FREE Newsletter

Trading Commodity Markets

Helium Filled Hard Drives Could Turn Western Digital Into a Big Winner

Companies / Tech Stocks Jan 16, 2013 - 11:12 AM GMT

By: Money_Morning

Companies

Michael A. Robinson writes: With the commodities boom still in full swing you are probably aware the advantages of owning stocks related to gold, silver or other hard assets.

But when was the last time you heard someone extolling the investment virtues of helium?

And I'm not talking about helium as most folks think of it - in those giant (and comically overpriced) party balloons.


You see, a unit of disk-drive maker Western Digital Corp. (NasdaqGS: WDC) says it's discovered a way to help pump up the corporate computer networks around the world.

It'll debut later this year. And helium will be the active ingredient.

Helios ... the Greek God of High-Tech Profits
Named for the Greek god Helios, helium is created by the sun's nuclear power plant (by fusing hydrogen), and is vital for life on earth.

If you're finding it tough to make the mental jump from Greek gods and life-giving forces to life on the Nasdaq, that's understandable.

So just focus on another "life force". It is the force behind the one key challenge that businesses all around the world confront each and every day.

I'm referring to "Big Data."

A full 90% of the digital data that exists in the world today has been created in the last two years alone.
And with all the new videos, song files, photos, blog posts, business records and Websites that continue to be created, we're producing an additional 2.5 quintillion bytes of data each and every day.

Think about biotech research into gene therapies, social networks with billions of photos, and Web search indexing. Ditto for the millions of electronic transactions that major global retailers conduct per hour.

All those bytes have to sit somewhere.

And Western Digital says it's developed a new device that can really help - with a big assist from helium.

Helium-Filled Drives Are a Blockbuster Breakthrough
The Irvine, Calif.-based company's product is a new disk-drive architecture that's aimed at computer networks and data centers.

Filled with helium gas, the drives can deliver the faster speeds that become more critical each day - and can boost storage capacity by as much as 25% to 50%, Western Digital says.

The firm extolled those features as key to lowering overall ownership costs but declined to estimate how much clients will save by adopting this platform. Western Digital says it will debut the drives by the end of this year.

The helium hard-disk drives - which have already been christened as "Helium HDDs" in tech-sector shorthand - are a major milestone in the rapidly growing field of materials science. It's the first time computer engineers have put helium to this use (conventional hard drives are now filled with air).

And some experts are already predicting a blockbuster breakthrough.

Taking the whole market into account, the tech-oriented research firm IHS predicts sales of 100 million helium-filled hard drives by the end of 2016 - that's just three full years of sales.

Direct comparison of sales rates for new products in the business class computer market are hard to come by. But if the IHS forecast turns out to be correct, then the new helium-drive technology would be a blockbuster - on par with the iPhone.

Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) released the trend-setting smart phone in June 2007. Since that time, it has remained in the vanguard of the mobile wave and continues to earn rave reviews.

According to a recent story in Popular Science, Apple has sold more than 228 million units of the pioneering smartphone worldwide in the five years since its launch.

Now then, Western Digital almost certainly won't have the whole helium-drive market to itself.

In fact, I would be surprised if archrival Seagate Technology PLC (NasdaqGS: STX) doesn't at least announce a competing design by the end of this year, or in early 2014 at the latest.

After all, the two firms remain in a disk-drive dogfight. With 48% of the hard-drive market, Seagate holds the top spot. But Western Digital is close on its heels, coming in at 45%.

IHS didn't estimate the value of the overall market; but the two firms have total combined sales of roughly $28 billion.

Technological challenges, patent protections and manufacturing costs (the drives are more-complex - and thus more costly - to produce) could augment Western Digital's head start and allow it to extend its lead, at least for a time.
Indeed, IHS believes the new technology could give Western Digital the lift it needs to take over as the industry leader: A Computerworld story that appeared just as we readied this report for you was topped by the headline: "Helium-Filled Hard Drives May Lift WD to the Top."

Right now, that's just conjecture. But here's what we can say: Western Digital's growth strategy is paying off.

That's because the helium array is the brainchild of Hitachi Global Storage Technologies, or HGST. Lured by Hitachi's high-tech portfolio, Western Digital bought the firm in March 2011 for $4.3 billion in cash and stock.

Fast-forward two years and we can see that helium-filled hard drives offer several advantages. Because helium is one-seventh the density of air, the gas lessens the drag on the spinning disk stack. That's also true of the arms that position the heads over data tracks.

The format also allows disks to be placed closer together. In this array, seven discs will now fit in the space that formerly held only five. And because helium conducts heat better than air, the new drives will run cooler and emit less noise.

Add it all up, and Western Digital seems to have a real winner on its hands...

As science fiction is transformed into science fact, the world advances at warp speed. And by uncovering the innovations that are fueling that transformation, we can discover and offer to you the cutting-edge opportunities to profit - here in the Era of Radical Change.

Source :http://moneymorning.com/2013/01/16/the-fiscal-cliff-deal-just-made-bonds-even-more-risky-in-2013/

Money Morning/The Money Map Report

©2013 Monument Street Publishing. All Rights Reserved. Protected by copyright laws of the United States and international treaties. Any reproduction, copying, or redistribution (electronic or otherwise, including on the world wide web), of content from this website, in whole or in part, is strictly prohibited without the express written permission of Monument Street Publishing. 105 West Monument Street, Baltimore MD 21201, Email: customerservice@moneymorning.com

Disclaimer: Nothing published by Money Morning should be considered personalized investment advice. Although our employees may answer your general customer service questions, they are not licensed under securities laws to address your particular investment situation. No communication by our employees to you should be deemed as personalized investent advice. We expressly forbid our writers from having a financial interest in any security recommended to our readers. All of our employees and agents must wait 24 hours after on-line publication, or after the mailing of printed-only publication prior to following an initial recommendation. Any investments recommended by Money Morning should be made only after consulting with your investment advisor and only after reviewing the prospectus or financial statements of the company.

Money Morning Archive

© 2005-2016 http://www.MarketOracle.co.uk - The Market Oracle is a FREE Daily Financial Markets Analysis & Forecasting online publication.


Post Comment

Only logged in users are allowed to post comments. Register/ Log in

Catching a Falling Financial Knife