Japan is home to the world's largest flash memory chip manufacturing complex. The impact of the Japan earthquake on the flash complex may be mitigated by the fact that it is located far south of the epicenter.
Toshiba says there's an oversupply of NAND flash memory on the market. In response, it will slash output 30 percent.
The ongoing availability of key components used in Apple's new tablet are still uncertain but manufacturing geographies appear to be favoring some over others.
The semiconductor manufacturers say they will reduce production of flash memory by 30 percent, starting in January, due to economic conditions.
SanDisk and Samsung are introducing new solid-state drives for the Netbook and enterprise markets, respectively.