SLIDESHOW: Top 5 NAND Flash Memory Producers
Between the iPhone, iPad, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro with Retina Display, Apple produces several devices that use flash memory exclusively.
Not even Samsung (OTC: SSNLF) -- which actually produces its own flash memory -- uses more.
Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ), the former leader in flash memory purchases, became the number-two buyer after Apple took the lead.
With these and so many other companies devouring the industry's fastest storage format, investors may wonder who produces the most flash memory. Click through this slideshow to find out.
Disclosure: At the time of this writing, Louis Bedigian had no position in the equities mentioned in this slideshow.
Louis Bedigian is the Senior Tech Analyst and Features Writer of Benzinga. You can reach him at 248-636-1322 or louis(at)benzingapro(dot)com. Follow him @LouisBedigianBZ
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If it did, there might not be any left for other corporations!
Right now, the South Korean tech giant produces more flesh memory than any other firm in the industry.
Since 2009, Samsung's quarterly flash memory revenue has been between $1.7 billion and $2.1 billion.
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Component manufacturing is a whole other story. The company has been encroaching on Samsung's territory for the last few years.
In 2010, Toshiba obtained 31 percent of the flash memory market. While the company has not grown much since then, it has maintained that percentage.
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The company's shares have been soaring. Year-to-date, Micron is up more than 113 percent.
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Few investors have heard of SK Hynix (OTC: HXSCL).
Unlike Samsung (OTC: SSNLF) and other component manufacturers, SK Hynix doesn't produce any consumer products. It is strictly a supplier -- and a successful one at that.
In 2012, SK Hynix obtained 11 percent of the flash memory market.
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Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) makes some of the most successful processors in the world.
The company's Haswell architecture is being credited for improving the battery life in Apple's (NASDAQ: AAPL) MacBook Air, among other notebooks.
Intel also coined and trademarked the term "Ultrabook." During the '90s, it made Pentium a household name.
Today the company is seeking new sources of revenue. One of them is flash memory.
Though Intel's flash memory business is small (the company commands just seven percent of the market), it has brought in billions of dollars over the last few years.
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