Flash memory shortages on the way?

Samsung, one of the world’s largest flash memory manufacturers, might have a bit of a supply problem on their hands. The company experienced a massive power outage at one of its chip manufacturing plants earlier this month, shutting down 6 production lines at the same time. Samsung is claiming that a flash shortage is completely out of the question, stating that they’ve been able to ramp up production to meet the increase in demand. All well and good, but they’ve also revealed that they will only be able to meet 85% of the month’s memory demands. Sounds fairly insignificant, but the reality is that such seemingly minor dips in production can have wide reaching effects, with NAND prices expected to increase significantly as supply drops and demand increases. Imagine dropping $800 on an iPhone come October….


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