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Storage Offers $1.3B

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. -- The worldwide enterprise storage system semiconductor market will grow to $1.3 billion by 2012, representing a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.0%, according to new research from IDC. The semiconductor demands of the storage system market are compelling original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to move quickly to grab as much of the market as they can or face being shut out by enterprise customers.

"Unlike markets for networking-related silicon (e.g. Ethernet, xDSL), the storage system market experiences shorter time periods for selection, qualification testing, and installation," said Aileen Arcilla, senior research analyst for Semiconductors at IDC. "Semiconductor companies already playing in the slower moving storage mechanism, networking, or telecom markets thus view the market potential for storage system semiconductors as a rare complementary growth driver for their business."