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The Bedford Report

December 08, 2010 11:25 ET

Innovation Never Stops in the Memory Chip Market

The Bedford Report Provides Analyst Research on Rambus & Micron Tech

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - December 8, 2010) - Several memory chip makers saw their top lines spike this year as mobile demand grew almost exponentially. Flash memory has been the industry standard for data storage on smart phones, tablets and other portable devices, and has made chip makers with a strong presence in the NAND flash market the strongest performers in the industry as of late. NAND is considered to be more rugged and faster than hard drive technology, which manufacturers view as an advantage for tablets that need fast boot times and can easily be dropped. The Bedford Report examines the outlook for companies in the Semiconductor - Memory Chip Industry and provides research reports on Rambus Inc. (NASDAQ: RMBS) and Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: MU). Access to the full company reports can be found at:

Viable competition could be on the way soon for NAND Memory. Several chipmakers are now predicting that 3D chip technology could take the place flash memory in the near future. As well as being faster, 3D chips are also cheaper than Flash chips.

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The news is not all good for memory chipmakers as declines in computer sales has hurt earnings this year for companies more focused on dynamic random access memory (DRAM). For those needing a quick overview, DRAMs read the data widely used in traditional PCs. Contract prices for mainstream DRAM chips have posted enlarged drops in the last month.

Micron Tech offers both DRAM and NAND products. In the third quarter, Micron Tech reported a 14% sequential drop in revenues from its DRAM products. The average selling price (ASP) for Micron's DRAM products dropped 2% sequentially, while the company's NAND flash ASPs were up by around 3 percent.

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