November round up: DRAM prices on the slide

No pick up expected until January

DRAM memory prices slid by around 15 per cent on the spot market in November. According to memory manufacturer and distributor DMC, the price of a 64MB DIMM (PC-100 8x8) on 1 November was £52.53. By the end of the month, this price was down to £42.43. Andrew MacKenzie, VP of DMC Europe, said he expected this steady decrease to continue until the end of December. "There'll be a slight price surge in the first week of January, but I expect prices will continue to fall," he said. Components distributor Microtronica saw a 20 per cent drop in prices during November. Steve Clark, sales and marketing director at Microtronica, said prices for a 64MB DIMM (PC-100) were around £60 at the beginning of the month, and down to £53 by the last week of November. This meant an average unit price of £59.02 for the month, down on October’s average of £84.85. "We are back to February's prices," said Clark "But demand is fairly well matched to supply at the moment, so any increase for product will probably be met by a price increase." But he said prices were generally expected to soften as December progressed. Today DMC was quoting around £44 for a 64MB module, and Microtronica around £50, with system builders hanging on for Intel’s expected price cuts on Monday. Related story DRAM stabilises in quake wake

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