Cheap Chromebooks could quickly get a bit pricier thanks to supply issues with elements for the eMMC storage which is usually present in these sort of reasonably priced gadgets.
That’s the conclusion drawn by analyst agency TrendForce, though we should keep in mind that that is only a prediction at this level – albeit a well-educated piece of hypothesis.
TrendForce observes that there are issues with suppliers of the controller ICs (built-in circuits) for NAND flash drives – the likes of Phison and Silicon Motion – with price hikes being thought of because of this; will increase that could have a knock-on impact when it comes to Chromebook storage.
While the NAND flash market stays oversupplied proper now, TrendForce forecasts that due to these supply chain issues, stress will quickly be utilized to 32GB and 64GB eMMC drives (eMMC is embedded flash storage which is less expensive than a standard SSD, however doesn’t provide the identical degree of efficiency – though after all it’s quicker than a tough drive).
Prices of those low capability eMMC drives could subsequently be pushed up, and people prices will (as at all times) be handed onto the buyer, that means that low-cost Chromebooks which run with these reasonably priced storage choices might develop into a bit costlier.
These price hikes might make themselves felt within the first quarter of 2021, so this can be a potential situation for the close to future – maybe making selecting up a Chromebook within the gross sales a good suggestion when you had been already considering of shopping for and missed the Black Friday boat.
The excellent news is that these element supply issues gained’t hassle SSD costs, as the large solid-state drive makers have in-house controller ICs made by foundries underneath long-term contracts, so these will stay unaffected. At least in the meanwhile anyway, though TrendForce notes that manufacturing lead occasions have been stretched out somewhat even with SSDs, so this shall be one thing to regulate going ahead.