Sales of Nand Flash memory are set to triple between now and 2011 thanks to the success of tablet PCs like the iPad, according to new figures from research firm iSuppli.
Shipments will increase by just under 300 per cent from 428 million gigabytes in 2010 to 1.7 billion gigabytes in 2011, the report said.
Growth will continue over the next few years at a slower rate to reach 8.8 billion gigabytes by 2018.
Michael Yang, a senior analyst at iSuppli, explained that much of the growth will come at the expense of other small form-factor PC devices.
"Tablets have stolen some cachet from netbooks. And while 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 storage instead of a traditional hard drive," he said.
Memory sales are likely to rise following the release of more affordable tablet options based on the Android or Chrome operating systems, according to iSuppli.
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