Apple Drives Chip Sales, Too

The popularity of Apple’s (AAPL) new iPad and iPhone has driven up sales for the Cupertino, Calif.-based company, but it’s not only Apple that’s celebrating.

Asian component makers — those that make chips and touch-screens used in Apple’s devices and other similiar gadgets — say they are having a tough time meeting orders thanks in part to stronger-than-expected demand for smartphones and tablet PCs.

In recent months, Dell (DELL), Samsung, Toshiba and even Chinese battery-maker BYD have announced plans to launch tablet PCs. A slew of mobile handset makers including LG Electronics, Sony Ericsson (SNE) and Nokia (NOK) have also launched new smartphones to compete with Apple’s iPhone 4. These components are also making headway into electronic readers such as’s (AMZN) Kindle and Barnes & Noble’s (BKS) Nook. The new devices are creating more demand for chips, touch-screens and other types of displays.

“Due to the recent emergence of new, promising applications, such as tablet PCs, smartphones and iPad, we expect the supply condition in the NAND flash market will be tighter in the second half of this year,” said Toshiba spokesman Keisuke Ohmori.

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