Flash Memory Market to 2020 - Heading towards a Solid Recovery Driven by Sales Growth of Tablet PCs, Smart Phones and Digital Cameras

30 Dec 2010 • by Natalie Aster

London – “The flash memory manufacturers predominantly operate from the Asia Pacific region and the region also has the highest share in market consumption. China applies a 17% value-added tax (VAT) on all semiconductor sales. Semiconductors manufactured in China are eligible for an 11% VAT rebate and semiconductors designed and manufactured in China receive a 14% VAT rebate. This augurs well for flash memory drives manufactured in China and helps with industrial growth.”

The report “Flash Memory Market to 2020 - Heading towards a Solid Recovery Driven by Sales Growth of Tablet PCs, Smart Phones and Digital Cameras” by GBI Research provides the key information and analysis on the market opportunities in Flash Memory industry. The report covers the latest information on the revenue of Flash Memories, both NAND and NOR segments. The report covers the key market trends for a wide range of Flash memory applications that include computing, communication, consumer electronics, automotive and industrial sectors. The report also provides market share analysis of major Flash memory vendors. It also provides an analysis on the basis of geography up to 2020.

Report Details:

Flash Memory Market to 2020 - Heading towards a Solid Recovery Driven by Sales Growth of Tablet PCs, Smart Phones and Digital Cameras

Published: December 2010
Pages: 96
Price: USD 3,500

Report Sample Abstract:

Sales Growth of Portable Devices Such As Smart Phones, iPhones and iPads Will Boost NAND Flash Revenue

Substantial sales growth of portable products especially Smart Phones, iPhones, iPads and other media players have been increasing Flash memory consumption and its sales revenue. Smart phone sales volume is expected to go from 174 million in 2009 to 500 million in 2014. Apple alone is the biggest consumer of NAND flash memories accounting for 33% of the overall consumption. Apple’s most popular segments such as iPods, iPhones and iPads are already a big hit throughout the globe. NAND Flash memories will remain the most sought after devices for storage purposes in Smart phones.

NAND memory is projected to replace other HDDs and NOR memories

NAND Flash memory is expected to gain a greater market share in the memory market. With the advancement in technology and reduction in the form factor, NAND Flash memories are projected to replace other Hard Disk Drives (HDDs) and NOR Memories. Process improvements have made it possible to economically scale down Flash to smaller dimensions enabling storage of more bits on the same chip. The faster read/write capability, increasing storage space and decreasing price of NAND Flash memory is driving its penetration into HDD and NOR memory markets.

Flash Demand in Consumer Electronics is expected to have Accelerated Growth from 2010 Onwards

The rising demand for consumer electronics such as digital cameras, iPads and MP3 players is expected to drive the growth of flash memory. The consumer electronics market experienced a slump in 2009 due to the global recession, but this trend has reversed with improving sales of LCDs, digital set top boxes and so on. Flash memory is also an important component in other consumer electronic devices such as DVD players, MP3 players, personal digital assistants (PDAs) and global positioning systems (GPS).

Increasing Capabilities of Multimedia Devices Demanding More Storage Space Leading to a Challenge for Superior Technology Nodes

The increasing demand for more storage space in multimedia devices and mobile phones will boost the sales of Flash memory. The advancement in semiconductor technology is already enabling storage of more bits per cell. Also, Apple’s iPhone4 is expected to motivate other smart phone manufacturers to increase memory in their smart phones as well. According to industry experts flash memory will replace magnetic and optical media storage devices in the near future.

Upcoming Technologies Such As Programmable Metallization Cell (PMC), Posing Threat to Flash Memories

The feature size of flash memory cells is about to reach the minimum possible limit and any further flash density increases can only be possible by using greater levels of Multi-Level Cell (MLC), 3D stacking of transistors and other process improvements. Even with these advances the economic viability of driving flash to smaller dimensions is virtually impossible. Flash faces a potential threat from promising new technologies such as Ferroelectric Random Access Memory (FeRAM), Magnetoresistive Random Access Memory (MRAM), Phase Change Memory (PCM) and other technologies which are under investigation and development. Of all those listed Programmable Metallization Cell (PMC) is claimed to be much cheaper and efficient compared to flash memory. These devices can be scaled to sizes much smaller than flash and are based on a new technology that combines longer lifetimes, lower power and better memory density.

More information can be found in the report “Flash Memory Market to 2020 - Heading towards a Solid Recovery Driven by Sales Growth of Tablet PCs, Smart Phones and Digital Cameras” by GBI Research.

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