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NAND flash memory shipments will triple from 2010 to 2011 driven by the success of the iPad and the competing devices that are on the way.
Shipments of NAND flash for tablet devices will reach 1.7 billion Gigabytes (GB) next year, up a huge 296.1 percent from the 428 million GB shipped in 2010.
And it's good news for manufacturers - NAND shipments should continue to climb steadily over the next few years, eventually hitting 8.8 billion GB by 2014.
New, more affordable devices - based on Android - are expected for arrival around the holiday season. The surge in tablet shipments means that the amount of NAND required will quickly become sizeable and as more switch from netbooks to tablets as predicted, NAND demand will rise.
Average density of NAND flash for tablets will reach 28GB in 2010. By 2014, average NAND flash memory density should reach 65GB, iSuppli reckons.
Michael Yang, senior analyst for memory and storage at iSuppli, said: “Tablets have stolen some cachet from netbooks.
“And while the tablet segment suffers from some of the same weaknesses as netbooks, devices like the iPad have wowed consumers with their responsiveness and media interaction - due in part to the use of NAND flash for data storage, instead of a traditional hard disk drive.”