updated 09:55 am EST, Mon November 14, 2005
Apple looks to Hynix
Apple has begun looking to for its popular iPod music player. A new report by Digitimes says that Apple looking for a third supplier of memory to help supplment its current supply from Samsung and Toshiba, who reportedly also has to fill demand by SanDisk, another of its customers. "In order to fulfill strong iPod related demand, Apple has started asking Hynix Semiconductor to offer quotations for low-density NAND flash, amid a significant upcoming capacity ramp at the South Korea-based memory maker.... Apple is planning to shift to Hynix for low-density (1Gbit and 512Mbit) parts for the iPod shuffle," according to the information provided by research firm InSpectrum. The firm said that ramp in Hynix production of NAND flash memory will trigger a decline in pricing.