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PC Shipments Post the Steepest Decline Ever in a Single Quarter

According to IDC, Worldwide PC shipments totaled 76.3 million units in the first quarter of 2013 (1Q13), down -13.9% compared to the same quarter in 2012 and worse than the forecast decline of -7.7%, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker. The extent of the year-on-year contraction marked the worst quarter since IDC

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Samsung Increasing Purchases of Memory Products from Outside

Published on April 11, 2013, in FAB, NAND Prices.

Samsung Electronics reportedly has expanded the purchase of memory products from outside, including the purchase of mobile DRAM chips from Elpida Memory as well as NAND Flash and eMMC devices from Toshiba/SanDisk. Samsung’s own supply of memory products is already falling short of internal demand, including that for its Galaxy-series smartphones and tablets, industry sources

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Updated: SanDisk CFO Talks About Their Future NAND Roadmap

Published on April 11, 2013, in FAB, Future Flash.

Judy Bruner, SanDisk’s executive vice president of administration and chief financial officer talked at the Morgan-Stanley financial event late February where she provided an outline of the expected transition of memory types coming at SanDisk. and does not expect to use extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography for the manufacture of memories until it begins manufacturing Resistive RAM (ReRAM)

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NAND Flash Market Defies Trends and Grows to Record Level in 4Q12

Published on March 28, 2013, in FAB, Market Share.

Despite facing five consecutive quarters of decline and a slowdown in consumption in smartphones and tablets, the global market for NAND flash memory pulled off a surprise growth spurt during the last three months of 2012 promping sales to reach a record high, according to IHS iSuppli. NAND industry revenues came to US$5.6 billion in

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Japan’s Leading Semiconductor See Mixed Growth While Toshiba See Steady Growth

Published on March 28, 2013, in FAB, Future Flash.

Due to rising prices of NAND flash in the third quarter of 2012, Japan-based semiconductor firm Toshiba has reported fourth-quarter 2012 revenues of its semiconductor business unit grew by 10.5% on quarter, reaching JPY231.6 billion (US$2.4 billion). The firm has seen revenue growth for two consecutive quarters. Toshiba also reported fourth-quarter operating profits of JPY20

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Growth of NAND Flash Slows

Published on March 20, 2013, in Market Share.

A decrease in the amount of memory carried by mobile devices like handsets and tablets is slowing overall growth in the NAND flash industry and poses fresh cause for concern among NAND suppliers, according to an IHS iSuppli Flash Dynamics brief from information and analytics provider IHS. In a convergence of density trajectories, a sampling of handsets and

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Toshiba Ships 19nm MLC NAND Flash SSD

Published on March 17, 2013, in SSD.

Toshiba Electronics Europe (TEE) has announced the availability in Europe of its first solid-state drive (SSD) products based on the firm’s 19nm Multi-Level Cell (MLC) NAND Flash technology. The new SSDa offer similar levels of performance as the drives unveiled in mid-2012. The THNSNH family of SSDs First announced last year but just shipping now, are designed to meet user

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Micron Launches World Smallest 20nm Dense 128-Gbit TLC NAND Flash

Published on February 19, 2013, in Press Release.

In January 2012, Toshiba finally began manufacturing its 19nm NAND Flash on 3-bit-per-cell (TLC) 128Gb chips with the world’s smallest die size at just 170mm2. The company has also been able to achieve the world’s fastest write speeds on any 3-bit-per-cell (3-bit-per-cell TLC) device at 18MB/s. Micron Technology Inc. (Boise, Idaho) has launched a year

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Hynix Overtakes Micron’s NAND Flash Market Share as Micron Hit by Manufacturing Glitch

Published on February 18, 2013, in Market Share.

The NAND Flash market in 2012 was full of turbulence, the year started with a pricing free fall and extreme over supply that seems like nothing can stop it and then Toshiba made the bold move of cutting it’s Flash production by 30 percent healing the NAND market but also losing, for the first time, it’s

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2012 End of the Year NAND Flash Market Share

Published on February 14, 2013, in Market Share.

The top three NAND markers were Samsung Electronics, who continued to lead the global NAND flash market in 2012, despite a 4.9 percent decrease in sales of Flash memory, Toshiba and Micron Technology with 38.2 percent, 27.9 percent and 13.9 percent share of the global NAND flash market in the year, respectively. Samsung’s ended up 2012 with US$7.29

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