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NAND, NOR flash headed in opposite directions

Posted: 30 Mar 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Dylan McGrath? IC Insights? NAND? NOR? flash memory?

Sales of NAND flash memory grew 64 percent to reach $10.6 billion in 2005, while the market for NOR flash declined 13 percent to finish the year at $8 billion, according to a report released by market analyst firm IC Insights.

Overall, flash memory sales grew 19 percent to reach $18.6 billion in 2005, according the March update of the firm's McLean Report.

Despite the revenue decline, unit shipments of NOR flash increased 9 percent to reach 4.1 billion, while shipments of NAND devices increased 88 percent to reach 1.2 billion, according to the report.

Samsung remained the leader in flash memory sales in 2005, according to the McClean Report's list of the top 10 flash memory suppliers for the year. The company's flash sales grew 47 percent on the year, reach nearly $6.6 billion, 35 percent of the overall market. An agreement with Apple to supply flash memory for the iPod nano accelerated Samsung's second half sales and unit output, IC Insights said.

Toshiba retained the second position with flash sales that increased 13 percent to $2.5 billion and flash marketshare of 13 percent in 2005, down one point from 2004.

Hynix Semiconductor enjoyed one of the fastest flash sales growth rates in 2005, with sales that jumped nearly six fold to reach $1.26 billion, according to the report.

- Dylan McGrath
EE Times

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