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Apple in talks with Samsung over large NAND flash purchase

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By Charles Starrett

Contributing Editor
Published: Thursday, May 3, 2007
News Categories: Apple

According to a Digitimes report, Apple is in talks with Samsung over volume pricing of NAND flash chips, to be used in iPods and iPhones from June until December. The report claims that Apple is looking to acquire between 400 and 500 million 4GB NAND chips, but industry sources say Samsung is unsure of their ability to produce that many given that the request is 10-15 percent higher than what was previously agreed upon. Apple uses NAND flash in the iPod shuffle, iPod nano, and the upcoming iPhone.

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1

Apple is going to have 99% of the Flash Chips manufactured in the world going into their products by the end of the year if this continues.

iPod Shuffle, iPod Nano, and now iPhone.  There is also the small possibility that Apple will stick flash memory into their Laptops sometime this year (speculation, yeah, but it would only contribute to the amount of Flash memory they eat for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner)

Sebastian

Posted by Sebastian Lewis on May 3, 2007 at 7:20 AM (PDT)

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400 and 500 million 4GB NAND chips! Wow that’s a lot. This is good news for Apple if they manage to get all of that from Samsung. Heck maybe as Sebastian said perhaps we’ll see flash in a labtop soon, though of course it won’t replace the hard drive.

Posted by Tsubasa on May 3, 2007 at 4:00 PM (PDT)

3

Hold the iPhone!
500 million chips in 6 months???
It’s a no-brainer that they have a design in place for a new model of iPod in order to justify the volume. Say, 64GB device uses 16x4GB = 31+ million devices according to my bad assumptions and math.

Posted by will_bc on May 3, 2007 at 4:48 PM (PDT)

4

That’s GigaBIT, not GigaBYTE.

Posted by Galley in Greenville, SC on May 3, 2007 at 7:55 PM (PDT)

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