Flash shortage hits six weeks after production cuts
Six weeks after Toshiba announced it was cutting production of NAND flash by 30% (on July 24th), and five weeks after Samsung and Hynix said they would cut flash production by 10% (on Aug 7th), OCZ Technology, which makes SSDs, says it can’t get enough flash chips.
“Despite achieving bookings in excess of our expectations for our second fiscal quarter, we were not able to meet our previously stated revenue guidance due primarily to constraints in NAND flash supply. During the month of August we experienced a significant shortage on certain NAND flash components, based on industry wide tightening of supply, leaving OCZ with an undersupply of the 20nm-class MLC NAND used in our Vertex and Agility Line of products,” says Ryan Petersen, OCZ’s CEO.
When Toshiba cut production in July, it said that oversupply of NAND flash memory in the retail market, for application in USB memories and memory cards, had resulted in continual price declines since the beginning of this year, says Toshiba, and this cut was needed to balance supply and demand.
Many analysts were surprised that Toshiba would cut production just as the smartphone launch season was beginning with Nokia, Motorola Mobility and Apple all launching new phones. About half Toshiba’s output is thought to go to Apple.
Unless, of course, the suppliers wanted to achieve good prices.