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On Thursday, we speculated on what company Apple would choose to replace Samsung as a NAND flash memory supplier to the iPod. One of the companies we named was Hynix Semiconductor, which recently jumped to 5th place among NAND flash suppliers worldwide.

Today research firm InSpectrum reported that Apple has indeed 'started asking Hynix to offer quotations for low-density NAND flash, amid a significant upcoming capacity ramp at the South Korea-based memory maker.'

Digitimes adds: 'Samsung and Toshiba are Apple’s main NAND flash chip suppliers, but sources indicated that with Toshiba needing to fulfill strong demand from SanDisk, Apple is planning to shift to Hynix for low-density (1Gbit and 512Mbit) parts for the iPod Shuffle.'

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