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 Post subject: MicroSD shortage to continue, may affect handset shipments
PostPosted: Sat Nov 12, 2005 2:09 am 

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Insufficient backend production capacity, together with tight supply of NAND flash, have led to a shortage of microSD memory cards over the past few months, according to sources at IC design houses. Industry players estimate that the shortage will not ease this year and may affect shipments of some handset models.

The slim profile of microSD cards requires a distinct packaging process compared with other NAND flash based memory cards, and only Siliconware Precision Industries Ltd. (SPIL), Kingmax Semiconductor-invested Kingpak Technology and Power Digital Card (PDC) are capable of packaging microSD cards in Taiwan, the sources noted.

Tight testing and packaging capacity has already led to a microSD card shortage over the past few months, the sources indicated.

In addition, the general shortage of NAND flash in the second half of 2005 has further affected microSD card supply, the sources noted. Since microSD cards require a relatively longer time to manufacture than other types of memory cards, and as the production procedures are more complicated, memory makers are reluctant to allocate their limited NAND flash for microSD card production, the sources explained.

As the shortage of microSD cards is unlikely to ease this year, industry makes are suggesting that there may be potential shipment delays for the related microSD-supported handsets, which include models from Motorola and China-based handset makers, which have a very high proportion of microSD handsets.



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