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Memory Bulletin: NAND up with glut

Posted: 09 Feb 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Expect another big year for the NAND-based flash memory market despite a slight oversupply situation in the market.

The NAND flash market is expected to hit $16.2 billion in terms of revenues for 2006, up 42 percent over 2005, according to Gartner Dataquest Inc.

Bit growth is projected to climb 186 percent this year, but prices are expected to fall by 50.3 percent, according to the research firm. The big drivers are flash cards, MP3 players and USB drives.

Despite the rosy forecast, the NAND market is projected to be in a slight oversupply mode for the first three quarters of 2006, according to the firm. Prices are expected to fall in the third quarter, with product shortages projected in the fourth period of this year, according to the firm.

In 2007, however, the NAND market is expected to be "challenging, because of continued aggressive supply, fierce price erosion, overwhelming maturing demand and contracting elasticity in some applications," according to the firm.

- Mark LaPedus
EE Times

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