DRAM Prices Grow Rapidly

dpgr1Fixed prices of dynamic random access memory(DRAM) chips have grown at the most rapid pace this year.

Market research firm DRAMeXchange set a fixed price of DDR32 gigabits(Gb) 256Mx8 1333MHz chip at $1.28 in the fixed half(H1) of March this year, said sources in the semiconductor industry. The price jumped 18.52 percent from $1.08 in the H2 of February, and is the highest since $1.31of early August in 2011.

The DRAM price fell to a record-low $0.80 in late November last year, but swung to modest growth since late last year. The price growth accelerated since the beginning of this year.

DRAM prices are rising, backed by the industry’s forecast that semiconductor manufacturers are cutting production, which will lead to a shortage of supply. In other words, major DRAM makers including Samsung Electronics and SK Hynix are reducing the production of DRAM for PCs, so PC manufacturers are stockpiling DRAM in case its supply runs low.

DRAM prices are rising, backed by the industry’s forecast that semiconductor manufacturers are cutting production, which will lead to a shortage of supply. In other words, major DRAM makers including Samsung Electronics and SK Hynix are reducing the production of DRAM for PCs, so PC manufacturers are stockpiling DRAM in case its supply runs low.

Meanwhile, prices of NAND flash that are embedded in smartphones continued to rise. The fixed price of 64Gb 8Gx8 MLC jumped 6.80 percent to $5.34 from that of late February, and the fixed price of 32Gb 4Gx8MLC also rose 9.51 percent to $2.88.

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