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90nm transition may limit DRAM supply

Posted: 27 Oct 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:DRAMeXchange? DRAM? 90nm? Christoph Hammerschmidt?

The present transition to 90nm in the DRAM market could lead to pressures on supply through November, according to market researcher DRAMeXchange.

While DRAM transaction volume in the spot market trended down last week, causing DDR2 prices to slip further, the situation soon could change.

Some major DDR2 memory makers are presently in the process of transitioning to 90nm production, which could hinder shipments, according to DRAMeXchange. The worsening supply would help to turn the price tendency around. Thus, memory chip prices could stay firm through November.

Contract quotes for DDR2 533MHz 512MByte DIMM already climbed by $1 to $2 during the second half of October, the firm said.

Since some DRAM vendors still are encountering 90nm transition issues, the extended lead time pressures supply even further. As PC shipment usually peaks during the October to November time frame, PC OEMs can expect that DRAM shortage will continue until the end of that period. However, the market analysts do not believe that the situation persists in the mid-to-long term.

- Christoph Hammerschmidt
EE Times




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