AAPL Stock: 117.34 ( -0.96 )

Printed from

Apple ordering 50m flash chips for iPhone?

updated 07:45 am EDT, Wed July 2, 2008

iPhone Crowds out Samsung

Apple is crowding out other orders for flash memory at Samsung through orders connected to the iPhone, according to reports from some of Samsung's smaller customers. The American company has allegedly ordered 50 million of Samsung's eight gigabit (one gigabyte) chips that are primarily intended for the iPhone 3G and is putting enough pressure on Samsung's supply that the Korean firm is informing smaller firms that their own orders are being reduced to keep Apple in healthy supply.

The iPhone-related demand is compounded by Samsung reducing production in April and May to prevent an oversupply later in the year, an effect which is only now kicking in, the Samsung clients say. Apple also reportedly ordered half as many NAND chips in June.

Estimating Apple's production of iPhones themselves isn't immediately possible through flash memory supplies. Each iPhone typically uses multiple stacked chips, while it's unclear as to whether 16GB models use the same memory or else use 16-gigabit or larger chips.

by MacNN Staff



Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.


Network Headlines

Follow us on Facebook


Most Popular


Recent Reviews

Ultimate Ears Megaboom Bluetooth Speaker

Ultimate Ears (now owned by Logitech) has found great success in the marketplace with its "Boom" series of Bluetooth speakers, a mod ...

Kinivo URBN Premium Bluetooth Headphones

We love music, and we're willing to bet that you do, too. If you're like us, you probably spend a good portion of your time wearing ...

Jamstik+ MIDI Controller

For a long time the MIDI world has been dominated by keyboard-inspired controllers. Times are changing however, and we are slowly star ...


Most Commented