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Apple Causes NAND Shortage in Taiwan

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 20 comments

Industry sources say that Apple's high demand for NAND flash chips has resulted in Taiwan-based memory module houses seeing a shortage.

Digitimes today cites industry sources who claim that major manufacturers are allocating more supplies for Apple meaning other orders for other companies are being cut.

Samsung Electronics has informed Taiwan module makers that it will halve its NAND flash supply to them in September, and Micron Technology has also told some of its downstream customers that no NAND flash chips are available, claimed the sources. Toshiba and Hynix Semiconductor are also giving priority to Apple, and are offering limited supply to the spot market, the sources added.

Maybe demand for the new iPod touch and iPod nano players are greater than usual, or maybe this could mean that Apple has something else up its sleeve.

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    r0x0r , September 15, 2009 11:27 AM
    Well considering Apple causes intelligence shortages everywhere else I'd say Taiwan got off easy.
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    The Dark Wall , September 15, 2009 1:17 PM
    Quote:
    Apple has something up its sleeve.

    Maybe they're fitting more explosives into the iGrenade...
  • 13 Hide
    mavroxur , September 15, 2009 2:31 PM
    snarfeckFOR THE HORDE!!!



    When it comes to Apple, I was thinking "For the Alliance" would've been more appropriate.



    Horde would never use Apple.
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    r0x0r , September 15, 2009 11:27 AM
    Well considering Apple causes intelligence shortages everywhere else I'd say Taiwan got off easy.
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    Anonymous , September 15, 2009 12:53 PM
    perhaps notebooks with SSD's?
    If they equip them with 64 or 128GB of Flash memory, it'd probably need quite an amount (as opposed to 4-32GB per Digital Audio player).
  • 22 Hide
    The Dark Wall , September 15, 2009 1:17 PM
    Quote:
    Apple has something up its sleeve.

    Maybe they're fitting more explosives into the iGrenade...
  • 0 Hide
    backbydemand , September 15, 2009 1:18 PM
    Flash!!!

    Ahh Ahhhhh!!!
  • 1 Hide
    Sicundercover , September 15, 2009 2:16 PM
    You would have to think that the bulk of the MP3/MP4 players have already been manufactured anticipating a big release week. Im inclined to think that its something else they are working on.
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    mavroxur , September 15, 2009 2:31 PM
    snarfeckFOR THE HORDE!!!



    When it comes to Apple, I was thinking "For the Alliance" would've been more appropriate.



    Horde would never use Apple.
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    chaohsiangchen , September 15, 2009 3:23 PM
    It seems to me that Apple Inc is trying to exchange dollar into flash modules expecting the US dollar to depreciate in near future. They will be selling iPods and other devices for a long time, and they are betting inflating dollar will cause stagnation and reduce purchasing power world wide.

    Very smart move.
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    Kaiser_25 , September 15, 2009 3:35 PM
    Ya definitely ally, but ya apple is a powerhouse, i hate them but they are a force to be reckoned with. GO FREE MARKET PCS!!
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    rsud , September 15, 2009 3:50 PM

    r0x0rWell considering Apple causes intelligence shortages everywhere else I'd say Taiwan got off easy.

    You poor poor windows freaks....
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    mlopinto2k1 , September 15, 2009 4:33 PM
    No comment except maybe, get over it?
  • 3 Hide
    Major7up , September 15, 2009 5:03 PM
    My guess is that they have something else planned besides the iPod shebang.
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    amabhy , September 15, 2009 6:17 PM
    Surprising Apple didn't try to pay em off like in a certain other incident involving exploding phones...

    *cough* ijob *cough*
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    shamgar , September 15, 2009 6:50 PM
    but with all of the extra NAND chips, WILL THEY BE ABLE TO PLAY CRYSIS???
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    nachowarrior , September 15, 2009 7:05 PM
    c'mon crApple just used the insider info about that beating/suicide/alleged homicide to bend tiwanese arms into forking o\/er assets. haha.

    but seriously, i hate crApple, and I won't buy any of their products, all their doing is dri\/ing up the cost of nand based de\/ices for the rest of the market. If it happens that they're using the chips too... so be it, it ser\/es two purposes.
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    nukemaster , September 15, 2009 10:41 PM
    Damn, all my flash memory orders have been canceled.

    In all honesty this makes sense as newer Ipods will have even more memory.
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    starryman , September 16, 2009 2:22 AM
    Sounds like a load of crap to keep prices higher. What next? OPEC for flash memory?
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    JPForums , September 16, 2009 11:03 AM
    Well they already have the iGrenade and they are buying tons of flash.
    I conclude they will next release the iFlashGrenade.
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    danny69t , September 16, 2009 11:55 AM
    All your NAND are belong to us!!!
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    nukemaster , September 16, 2009 3:28 PM
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    All your NAND are belong to us!!!

    Nice!
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    Anonymous , September 16, 2009 4:55 PM
    @Starryman

    These companies (all of them in the article) have already been convicted and fined for collusion 2-3 years ago. I would absolutely not be surprised if they were doing it again. I have to agree... that sounds like BS to raise prices.