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Restocking demand evens out NAND flash price

Posted: 20 Oct 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:NAND flash? contract price? oversupply?

DRAMeXchange, a research arm of TrendForce Corp., has revealed that demand from new smartphone and ultrabook models and preparation for the holiday season have somewhat stabilized NAND flash contract price. With added support from year-end restocking demand, a stable price trend is seen to persist until early November.

NAND flash average contract price for 1HOct. increased and decreased moderately, but should remain stable for the entire month. However, as demand from certain system clients' OEM orders was better than that from the memory card and UFD retail channel market, TLC average contract price was correspondingly weaker than MLC average contract price in 1HOct.

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Furthermore, the 2xnm-node process will become NAND flash suppliers' mainstream process technology beginning 4Q11, and a portion of suppliers will be introducing new 2ynm-node products starting November. As suppliers will be focusing on manufacturing 64Gb MLC products for both 2xnm and 2ynm output instead of 32Gb MLC products, 64Gb and 128Gb MLC average contract price decreased slightly due to the supply increase while 32Gb and 16Gb MLC average contract price increased slightly due to the output decrease.

However, owing to the lower cost per bit of high-density chips, the changes in process and product mix will help enhance downstream clients' willingness to adopt higher storage capacity applications in 4Q11. In the short term, as market supply volume gradually increases in 4Q11, the NAND flash market will enter a state of oversupply after the inventory replenishment peak in early November. Thus, NAND flash contract price is expected to shift from relatively stable to somewhat weak before actual sales figures from the year-end holiday season are available.

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