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Old 03-20-2006, 11:18 AM   #1
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Exclamation Will this = cheaper flash memory and good times for all (consumers)?


Flash memory price 'to drop 25%'
Chip firms should brace for a slump in the price of memory chips used in small devices, Hynix has warned.

The chipmaker says it expects the price of Nand chips, used in digital cameras and music players, to drop 25% in the first quarter of 2006.

Amid an over-supplied market, Hynix said it still expected Nand chip sales to halve during 2006 as a whole.

South Korean-based Hynix said the first quarter drop in prices had been "sharper than expected".

It had earlier predicted a 20% dip for the three months to 31 March.

'Strong margins'

Analysts said they expected the market to stabilise towards the summer.

"Nand prices will remain weak until the second quarter at least," said Park Young-joo, an analyst at Woori Investment and Securities.

Mr Park added that despite the falling prices, "Hynix still enjoys strong margins from Nand chips and may continue to pour in supply".

The market for Nand flash memory, which has been driven by devices such as Apple's iPod Nano, grew 65% to $10.9bn (6.2bn) in 2005, according to industry estimates.

Hynix is the number three player in the sector with a 16.8% market share.

Market leader Samsung holds 50.4% and second-placed Toshiba has 19%.
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Old 03-20-2006, 11:23 AM   #2
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I've been wondering if HD based mp3 players will eventually go the way of the buffolo in favor of more robust (and compact) flash based units. Price has been the limiting factor.

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Old 03-20-2006, 11:50 AM   #3
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I've been wondering/waiting on the same thing as has Sony with their 'MemoryStick' poduct.
A CF player is a logical next step.

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Old 03-20-2006, 11:55 AM   #4
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Flash memory dropped in price again recently, just like it did in the summer of 2004. It'll keep happening, I would be interested in a solid state hard drive replacement for my MP3 player or perhaps a new player comparable to my H120 that is solid state based and reasonably priced.

I paid $400 for 20gb 2.5 years ago, and I'd like to pay less than that for similar storage if I had to buy a new one.
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Old 03-20-2006, 11:57 AM   #5
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Just bought my USB Flash drive the other day. 1GB for $40.

I'd happily pay the same for 2GB or 4GB
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