updated 10:10 am EDT, Tue July 10, 2007
Apple sparks mem. shortage
Apple is, reportedly, demanding so much NAND flash memory that it is causing problems for other companies using the same suppliers. According to the Taiwanese publication DigiTimes, both Hynix and Samsung (Apple's largest supplier) began stockpiling memory for Apple earlier this month, sharply reducing the amount available to the rest of the industry. Apple is said to be gathering the flash chips so it can meet a forthcoming seasonal upturn; but even major module houses such as A-Data, Kingston and Transcend are claiming insufficient NAND to meet their demands. A number of so-called "second-tier" houses are receiving no stock at all.