A shortage of flash memory could delay the production of cell phones and set-top boxes next year.
Richard Gordon, a senior analyst at the Gartner Group, blamed the shortage on the growing demand for digital cell phones, which is increasing faster than anyone anticipated.
Not only that, but the devices “are becoming far more complex, requiring more density,” said Gordon, who adds that the shortage is also driving up prices, which have almost doubled since the beginning of the year.
Gordon says there are only about half a dozen vendors in the 8-, 16-, and 32-Mbit flash market, “and they’re struggling.” He predicts lead times on the devices of up to 40 weeks.
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