Gartner Research

Market Trends: USB Flash Drives, Worldwide, 2001-2010

Published: 30 August 2005

ID: G00130007

Analyst(s): Joseph Unsworth


Revenue from Universal Serial Bus flash drives will rise by 64 percent in 2005, to $2.4 billion. It will grow at a compound annual rate of 15 percent between 2004 and 2010, fueled partly by demand for smart USB drives.

Table Of Contents
  • Executive Summary
    • Key Findings
  • Introduction
    • Methodology
  • USB Flash Drive Overview
    • USB Flash Drive Consumer Awareness
    • U3
  • USB Flash Drive Market Dynamics
    • NAND Flash Component Market Dynamics and Influence
    • USB Flash Drive Market Outlook
  • OEM and Retail Channels
  • USB Flash Drive Competitive Environment
    • Flash Cards
    • USB FlashCard/FISH Stick
    • Alternatives to Solid-State Data Storage
    • Alternative Options for Data Transfer
  • Application Opportunities
    • Desktop and Notebook PCs
    • Consumer Applications
    • Other Applications
    • Preloaded Content
  • Security
    • User Authentication
    • Encryption
    • Management and Access Control
    • Risk Management and Privacy Issues
  • Gartner Dataquest Perspective

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