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DDR2 price up keeps teetering, says DRAMeXchange

Posted: 30 Mar 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:DRAMeXchange? DDR2? DRAM? NAND flash?

According to DRAMeXchange, the cyclical downturn on PC demand prolonged the trough of DRAM spot pricings. Over the Mar. 21-27 week, DDR managed to continue having a stronger counter power over price drops than DDR2. The relatively strong DDR price trend should persist in expense of the anticipated enlarged price drop of DDR2 over the coming weeks, said DRAMeXchange.

Price of DDR 512Mb 64Mbx8 400MHz grew by a slight 4 cents to $3.87. DDR 256Mb 32Mbx8 400MHz stayed flat at $2.02-2.03, while the same specification uTT(eTT) chips also stabilized at $1.71-1.72. Industry players estimated that the price fall of uTT(eTT) chips should be limited in the future despite the upcoming slow season demand.

The prices of DDR2 remained weak last week with non-major-brand 512Mb 64Mbx8 533MHz DDR2 leading the price drops at 6.18 percent to $3.64. The same specification branded DDR2 chips also dropped by 1.8 percent to $4.84.

Although the price difference between the same-density 512Mb DDR 64Mbx8 400MHz and DDR2 64Mbx8 still stays at 25 percent on limited transaction volume of the later chips, DRAMeXchange foresees that the price difference will narrow down over the coming weeks with DDR2 exposing to larger price drop pressures.

2Gb, 4Gb NAND flash prices slumped over 63%
Spot prices of NAND Flash edged down further in the last week of March amid the quarterly financial pressures. The over 50 percent average price slump of NAND through year to date has spurred bundling demand from consumer electronics and gift market.

DRAMeXchange indicates that 2Gbit and 4Gbit are the two density of chips that encountered the bleakest price falls. The prices of these two chips had nose dived by an average of 63 percent while other densities chips had also plummeted by a minimum of 43 percent.

For the Mar. 21-27 week, price falls of 1-, 8- and 16Gbit showed minimal dropping signs at a range of 3-5 percent only on normalizing market equilibrium.

Moving ahead to Q2, DRAMeXchange is still doubtful about any price rebound under the current technology advancement trend. Unless any killer application appears and digest the rapid growing NAND capacity, said the company, prices would still place under shadows.

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