NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire -05/09/12)- Memory chip makers with a strong presence in the NAND flash market have been the strongest performers in the industry. Meanwhile slowing PC demand has hurt earnings for companies more focused on dynamic random access memory (DRAM). DRAM is widely used in traditional PCs, while NAND is used in popular high-end portable devices such as smartphones and tablet PCs. The Paragon Report examines investing opportunities in the Semiconductor Industry and provides equity research on SanDisk Corporation (SNDK) and Rambus Inc. (RMBS).
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Rapidly growing demand for smartphones, tablets, and ultrabooks are expected to boost NAND revenues for years to come. Smartphones is expected to play major role in the growing demand for NAND. Shipments of smartphones are projected to total 626 million units in 2012, and by 2016 NAND flash content in smartphones are expected to double. According to research done by IIHS Inc. NAND flash revenues are projected to total $22.9 billion this year, up from the 2011 total of $21.2 billion. IIHS predicts that by 2016 the NAND market should reach $30.9 billion.
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SanDisk's diverse product portfolio includes flash memory cards and embedded solutions used in smart phones, tablets, digital cameras, camcorders, digital media players and other consumer electronic devices, as well as USB flash drives and solid-state drives (SSD) for the computing and enterprise markets. For the first quarter ended April 1, 2012, the company reported first quarter revenue of $1.21 billion declined 7% on a year-over-year basis and declined 24% on a sequential basis.
Rambus is an intellectual property and technology licensing company. It is engaged in the design, development and licensing of memory and logic interfaces, lighting and optoelectronics, and other technologies. The company reported revenue for the first quarter of 2012 was $62.9 million, down 25% sequentially from the fourth quarter of 2011.
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