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SST preps for serial flash demand expansion in 2005

Posted: 04 Feb 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:grace semiconductor? seiko epson? tsmc? lcd monitor? lcd tv?

Fabless flash memory developer Silicon Storage Technology Inc. is planning to increase its ability to produce serial flash devices through contracts with foundry suppliers Grace Semiconductor, Seiko Epson and TSMC, SST said Tuesday (Feb. 1).

SST said worldwide demand for serial flash devices would exceed 500 million units in 2005 and quoted Alan Niebel, chief executive of market research company Web-Feet Research, saying that demand for serial flash would increase by an order of magnitude in 2006.

Optical and hard disk drives, LCD monitors and LCD televisions are applications together with micro-drives for MP3 players are likely to drive demand for serial non-volatile memory, SST said. The company plans to increase volumes of 512Kbit through 16Mbit serial flash memories.

"For years now, SST has been driving the industry shift from parallel to serial flash and it appears a greater number of customers are migrating to the more advanced technology in order to utilize the reduction in board space, power consumption and system costs that serial flash provides," said Niebel in a statement issued by SST. "My expectation is the adoption of serial flash will experience an order of magnitude increase next year."

"We expect 2005 to be a watershed year for serial flash products and we believe SST is well positioned in this market," said Bing Yeh, president and chief executive officer of SST.

Fabless chip company, Saifun Semiconductor Ltd has expanded its offering of serial EEPROM memory, also expecting serial non-volatile memory to displace parallel non-volatile memory.

- Peter Clarke

Silicon Strategies

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