Global Information would like to present a market research report, "eSATA: A Niche Interface Comes Under Pressure from USB 3.0" by In-Stat.
External SATA (eSATA) is a dedicated storage interface found in PCs, external hard disk drives, and set-top boxes. 2009 will see slight growth in eSATA-enabled devices, driven primarily by mobile PCs and set-top boxes. The current standard offers data rates of 3Gbps, while the next version, which will be available in the second half of 2010, will offer 6Gbps. eSATA is expected to see competition in the high-speed interface market from USB 3.0, which offers data rates up to 5Gbps.
This report forecasts the market for eSATA in PCs, external storage, and set-top boxes. Worldwide annual forecasts for both 3Gbps and 6Gbps eSATA through 2013 are offered in the following markets: desktop PCs, mobile PCs, external hard drives, cable, satellite, and total set-top boxes.