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Spot price index reflects DRAM, NOR flash woes

Posted: 26 May 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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The spot price indicator for ICs is rated "neutral to slightly negative" for the week of May 16, due in part to ongoing downward pressures in the memory market, according to a report from Jefferies & Co.

According to the "Taiwan Spot Market Pricing Report," issued on Tuesday (May 24), "semiconductor chip pricing continues to go down but overall the declines are slowing," said John Lau, an analyst with Jefferies & Co.

"Our proprietary spot price survey of over ten different semiconductor products indicate pricing continues to decline as we head into our projected cyclical trough in mid-2005," Lau said. "While we see signs of stabilization for some commodity analog and logic chips, commodity memory products such as NOR flash and DRAM continue to decline significantly."

Prices for DRAMs and NOR-based flash memories fell for the week of May 16. The benchmark 32Mb NOR-based flash-memory device sold for $1.60 on the Taiwan spot market for the week of May 16, down 36.0 percent from the previous month, he said.

The 533MHz, 512Mb DRAM, based on DDR2 technology, sold for $5.95 on the spot market for the week of May 16, down 20.7 percent from the previous month, he said.

In contrast, a 1Gb NAND device sold for $1.60 on the Taiwan spot market for the week of May 16, down 2.3 percent from the previous month.

"Going forward, we believe the short-term bias for the OEM pricing remains downward for June given seasonality and the additional capacity coming online in Asia," he said. "Analog and logic semiconductor components are starting to show some price stabilization."

- Mark LaPedus

EE Times





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