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DRAM prices jump, NAND stops slide, report says

Posted: 31 Aug 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:DRAMeXchange? memory chip? prices? NAND? DRAM?

Spot prices for DDR2 DRAM memory chips surged last week, which expects the upward pricing trend to continue through September, according to a recent report issued by DRAMeXchange.

Spot prices for 512Mbyte, 533MHz DDR chips rose 8.3 percent from the previous week, the firm reported, with 512Mbyte, 667MHz parts showing a 7.3 percent increase. Spot prices on NAND flash memory also increased, rebounding after weeks of price correction, DRAMeXchange said. There was even a reported shortage in some NAND flash densities, the firm said.

NAND flash prices trended upward last week after three weeks of price corrections, the firm said. The climate has changed from listless to buoyant, with shortages for 4Gbyte NAND chips being observed from Aug. 21, according to DRAMeXchange. Some sellers that raised quotes for 4Gbyte parts amid the growing demand boosted the entire price trend upward, the firm said.

But DRAMeXchange added that the current NAND flash market is still filled with uncertainties, with most industry players still digesting their excess inventory. Positive rumors and speculation are not strong enough to stop the falling price trend, and it will take time to assess a concrete timing for the ease of inventory, the firm warned.

DRAMeXchange's spot price report on NAND flash contrasted with that of market research firm Gartner Inc., which Monday reported that spot prices for NAND flash memories fell for the 11th consecutive week during the week ended Aug. 25.

- Dylan McGrath
EE Times

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