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NAND flash contract price stabilizes

Posted: 21 Sep 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:NAND flash? memory devices? flash suppliers?

Some system product clients have replenished their inventory for new products for 4Q11, leading MLC NAND flash contract price to steady for 1HSep, according to DRAMeXchange, a research arm of TrendForce Corp.

Although memory card and UFD retail market demand was still relatively weak, price has stopped falling and begun to stabilize. Quarter-end effects from the end of Q3 will soon be seen, as many downstream clients' inventory replenishment for the year-end peak sales season is expected to continue through mid-October. NAND flash contract price should be stable in the short term.

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Related vendors have low visibility of Q4 market demand and are conservative toward year-end holiday sales in the European and U.S. market. Starting Q4, as the proportion of NAND flash suppliers' products manufactured via 2xnm-node processes increase, market bit supply is expected to follow an upward trend as well. Recent international discussion of multinational cooperative solutions to ease the European debt crisis will likely prevent a second global financial crisis. Additionally, some developed nations have proposed stimulus policies that should aid recovery of economies and employment rates worldwide. These measures should increase corporate investments and consumer confidence. Furthermore, the price of some key components has decreased significantly this year. This will benefit system end-product from cost-down effectiveness as well as vendors' price-cut promotion activities in the Q4 traditional peak season. This will in turn help the reduction of leftover inventory and sales of new tablets, smartphones and portable PCs.

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