iPod nano shipments may have been hit by a shortage of flash memory, a report states.

Citing sources, DigiTimes explains that NOR flash memory shortages are impacting against Apple's iPod nano production lines - and sales, too.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs hinted at the problem in his iPod, iTunes and iMac announcement last Wednesday, when he called it difficult to say when the company will be able to build enough of the things.

Demand is high. Apple sold one million iPod nanos in the 17 days after it shipped, Jobs revealed then.

Local Far East suppliers speculate that Taiwan-based Professional Computer Technology (PCT) is the firm facing shortages. PCT supplies Apple with 4Mb NOR flash, and is unable to meet demand.

"Due to a shortage of NOR flash in the market, NOR flash prices are expected to be raised in the fourth quarter following a hike of about 20 per cent in the third quarter," the report warns.

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October 27-28, 2005. At MacExpo, Olympia National Hall, London

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