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Flash supply running thin; magneto-RAM proposed as low power alternative

The second half of 2017 is going to see a limited supply of NAND flash memory and OLED screens hit the smartphone market, according to Gartner, leading to shortages and price increases. The squeeze will hit the higher end of the market harder, according to the prediction – the likely impact has already been seen in the launch of AMD’s flagship video card, which was hampered by a shortage of HBM2 (High Bandwidth Memory 2) chips. “We’ve already seen Huawei’s P10 suffer from a flash memory shortage, and smaller traditional brands, such as HTC, LG, and Sony, are stuck between aggressive Chinese brands and the dominating market shares of Samsung and Apple in the premium smartphone segment,” said Gartner research…

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