With the beginning of the week, the market is beginning to feel the effects of the earthquake that occurred in Japan during last Friday. O EE Times says that some Toshiba factories will need to stop their activities at the request of the Tokyo Electricity and Power Company.
Because Toshiba is one of the world's largest manufacturers of NAND flash, prices for this type of memory have skyrocketed between 10% and 20% in the face of lower supply expectations in the near future. It is possible that this drop in production is offset by an equal reduction in demand (many electronics companies located in Japan will also have to temporarily stop their activities) or that Toshiba's largest facilities, located in Yokkaichi, need not be shut down (again).
Toshiba is one of the main memory suppliers to Apple, being responsible for the production of NAND flash chips used in iPods, iPhones and iPads, in addition to the memory controllers present in MacBooks Air.