Flash Demand for Tablets Will Zoom 400 Percent in 2011: Analyst
To cover the mass production
of some 80 new touch tablet PCs flowing to eager consumers, the NAND flash
memory business will need to produce a huge amount more solid-state chips in
2011 over 2010 totals, industry analyst IHS iSuppli reported Feb. 11.
Consumption of the solid-state memory for processors used in the super-popular tablets is expected in 2011 to rocket to 2.3 billion GB. This represents a whopping 382.4 percent increase over 2010, said Dee Nguyen, analyst for memory and storage at IHS iSuppli.
The industry produced less than a half-billion GB of NAND flash-about 476.8 million GB-last year. Most of that capacity went into consumer smartphones, cameras and more than 10 million Apple iPads.
The need for NAND flash isn't going to slow down anytime soon, iSuppli said. Shipments of NAND for tablets are on their way to a total of 12.3 billion GB by 2014, the analyst said.
Helping this trend in a big way will be devices such as Motorola's Xoom, Samsung's Galaxy and new tablets and smartphones from HP-the Slate 500 and TouchPad tablets and Veer and Pre3 phones, the latter three due out in the middle of this year.
NAND flash for tablets are mainly for the storage of content, such as books, photos, music and movies.
The proportion of NAND flash use among tablets, measured against the total supply of NAND memory, will jump to 11.8 percent in 2011, significantly up from 4.3 percent last year. By 2014, that figure will climb to 16 percent, iSuppli said.
"The bump in NAND consumption among tablets is likely to come from devices such as Apple's iPad as well as a raft of tablet devices powered by the rival Android operating system, expected to hit the market this year," Nguyen of IHS iSuppli said.
"Together, the iPad and Android-based tablets form one strand of the tablet experience offered by manufacturers-one centering on Internet-based media consumption. For such tablets, internal storage capacity is less an issue because the devices are intended to provide entertainment, not a full PC computing experience."
Average memory densities will range from 27.1GB for non-iPad slates to 41.5GB in the iPad, the analyst said.