Digitimes is reporting that NAND flash memory demand has been weak, and Apple has been cautious as to enter deals with Flash suppliers who have been trickling supplies to market in an attempt to bolster the price. Digitimes is reporting however that Apple is throw it’s weight into the market and negotiate long-term contracts as […]
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Apple Looking to Negotiate Long-Term Deals Amid Weak NAND Flash Demands

Digitimes is reporting that NAND flash memory demand has been weak, and Apple has been cautious as to enter deals with Flash suppliers who have been trickling supplies to market in an attempt to bolster the price. Digitimes is reporting however that Apple is throw it’s weight into the market and negotiate long-term contracts as we head toward a (speculative but almost certain) iPhone revision later this year.

NAND flash demand has been weak, but pricing has been stable as major suppliers are limiting their supply to the market.

But the sources said Apple may start negotiating long-term supply contracts with its chip partners in the second quarter. Apple’s demand will continue to play a significant role in the NAND flash industry in 2010.

A report from late last year suggested that NAND flash supply and demand would balance out sometime after the Christmas rush, but it still appears supplies are tight and Apple wants to scoop more up.

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