Feeds

MP3 players mop up Flash supplies

South Korean vendors predict major memory shortfall

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet

The massive growth of the Internet-based music industry is having an unexpected effect: as manufacturers ramp up production of digital music players, supplies of Flash memory are reaching rock bottom. According to a report in EE Times, South Korea is rapidly running out of Flash chips. Memory producers are shifting production from 16Mb parts to 32Mb chips, and that's pushing prices down from around $1.50 per megabyte to $1 per megabyte, the paper reports. And the production shift is likely to ensure the increasing demand doesn't, for once, push prices up. Digital music players, such as Diamond Multimedia's Rio and Creative Technologies' Nomad, essentially use Flash memory as a removable storage system -- the devices do not contain regular DRAM. Demand is increasing to such an extent that Samsung has converted some DRAM production lines to turn out Flash parts, nearly doubling its Flash capacity. ® See also Memory claws its way back UK boffins unveil $35 '2300GB on a PC Card' RAM breakthrough What was last month's DRAM price hike all about? Samsung unveils SDRAM-beating SGRAM Apple slips Samsung $100m in LCD priority bid

New hybrid storage solutions

More from The Register

next story
Hey, Scots. Microsoft's Bing thinks you'll vote NO to independence
World's top Google-finding website calls it for the UK
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
Apple CEO Tim Cook: TV is TERRIBLE and stuck in the 1970s
The iKing thinks telly is far too fiddly and ugly – basically, iTunes
Huawei ditches new Windows Phone mobe plans, blames poor sales
Giganto mobe firm slams door shut on Microsoft. OH DEAR
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Found inside ISIS terror chap's laptop: CELINE DION tunes
REPORT: Stash of terrorist material found in Syria Dell box
OECD lashes out at tax avoiding globocorps' location-flipping antics
You hear that, Amazon, Google, Microsoft et al?
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet
Explores the current state of website security and the contributions Symantec is making to help organizations protect critical data and build trust with customers.