The iPad hits the market on April 3 and everyone expects its sales to start pumping right away. In fact, the feeling is no different, which is why manufacturers of hard drives already fear that the launch of the product will culminate in another general decrease in NAND flash memory stocks.
Apple now uses about a third of the entire production of these memories for iPhones and iPods. With the arrival of yet another product of this size, the mass adoption of SSDs on PCs may be delayed, as prices are taking too long to fall due to high demand.
Industry sources predict that average prices for NAND flash chips will rise again in 2010. No wonder: the technology is really fantastic and today it has no better substitute for gadgets like these.
Component prices are expected to start falling even from the second half of 2011, when the industry predicts that chips will be manufactured with a new 20 nanometer process.