Demand for flash memory drops along with product shipments

Demand for flash memory drops along with product shipments

Asian layoffs likely to affect flash chip production

Digital still camera shipments are forecast to hit 144 million units in 2009, an annual growth rate of about 10 percent, compared to 21.3 percent in 2007 and 18.6 percent in 2008.

Slowing demand for MP3 portable multimedia players is also slowing, leading DRAMeXchange to forecast a drop in shipments ranging from 2.4 to 9.8 percent compared to 2008. DRAMeXchange said the drop is related to new mobile phone models that feature a music player function.

Oversupply in the DRAM chip market also pushed prices down 75 percent in 2008, from a high of US$2.29 to 58 cents, and the industry lost more than US$8 billion between the first quarter of 2008 and the third quarter, according to DRAMeXchange.

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