Total Flash Memory Market Declines Slightly in 2012

NAND flash will make up about $20.8 billion and the NOR sector will make up the remainder at $3.5 billion, market research firm IHS said. NAND flash is typically used in smartphones as the flash memory of choice, while NOR flash is integrated in low-cost phones.

IHS does not anticipate that the market will further decline, but rather bounce back to 11.4 percent growth in 2013. By 2016, the total annual flash memory revenue will reach $33.3 billion, the company predicts.

"The action in the NOR and NAND flash memory market largely is being driven by mobile handsets," said Michael Yang, senior principal analyst at IHS. "Flash memory growth is due in large part to mobile handsets. With Apple and Samsung leading the way, phones today are constantly being refreshed with the latest features and processors—requiring more powerful memory products, in turn."

IHS believes that NOR flash will be increasingly squeezed out of the market as lower cost NAND memory chips deliver enough read performance to replace NOR.

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  • cats_Paw
    Please, stop with those posts like its big news. Compare this to other markets that have droped drasticly due to the economical recesion and you will notice that the PC market is dooing great.
    This form of news is, at minimum, misleading, and at maximum false information as far as i see it.
  • ojas
    oh no pc dead