Tablet craze jumpstarts NAND Flash market

The use of NAND Flash memory in popular tablets such as Apple’s iPad and competing Android devices is expected to triple in 2011.

“Tablets have [clearly] stolen some cachet from netbooks,” senior iSuppli analyst Michael Yang told TG Daily in an e-mailed statement.

“[Although] the tablet segment suffers from some of the same weaknesses as netbooks, devices like the iPad have wowed consumers with their responsiveness and media interaction – due in part to the use of NAND flash for data storage, instead of a traditional hard disk drive.”

According to Yang, even more tablets are slated to arrive as the holiday season fast approaches. 

“The new devices – to be based on the Android or Chrome operating system from Google – could enable affordability because of increased product selection and apps innovation.

“[And] with the iPad leading the way, tablets will facilitate a new usage model that incorporates newer ways of experiencing media and the Internet, spurring rising NAND usage in each tablet,” he added.