“Japan’s Toshiba said on Wednesday it will match rival Samsung Electronics’ March launch of the industry’s first 2-gigabyte NAND flash chip by mass-producing a chip with as much storage a month later,” Reuters reports. “Toshiba, the world’s second-largest NAND chip maker after Samsung, is eyeing an expected surge in demand propelled by Apple’s music-playing iPhone, analysts said.”
Reuters reports., “The iPhone–which will come with 4 or 8 gigabytes of NAND–has fueled hope among flash memory makers weary of price falls eating away at profit margins, said Mizuho Investors Securities analyst Yuichi Ishida. ‘The iPhone is testament that price falls are giving birth to new applications and new NAND demand,’ Ishida said.”
Reuters reports., “Toshiba, which aims to take a combined 40 percent market share with partner SanDisk by 2008, will begin by shipping samples of its 2-gigabyte chips in March, using 56-nanometre process technology, and plans monthly shipments of 300,000 chips from April.”
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