Feeds

DRAM prices rise (again)

Chipmakers get fat as supply thins

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Mobile application security vulnerability report

DRAM contract prices continued to rise in North America and Europe from mid-April to mid-May.

The 30-day rolling average price to May 19 of 128MB DRAM chips was up 2.4 per cent on the previous month to $12.78 in the European market, asiabiztech.com reported.

Large volume users in North America saw prices rise 0.3 per cent to $14.70, while Asia saw prices drop 1.9 per cent to $11.25, according to figures based on an ICIS-LOR survey.

Prices of 128MB DIMMs dropped on the spot market for the period in all three geographical areas. Spot prices in the US dropped 0.3 per cent to $110.36, 1.2 per cent to $104.93 in Europe, and 0.32 per cent to $98.64 in Asia.

Today the UK was seeing 128MB module prices on the spot market of $116, compared to around $108 a week ago, according to memory distibutor Dane-Elec.

The price rise started late last week, and prices look like staying up, the company said.

Meanwhile a Daewoo Securities report has warned that DRAM shortages will worsen in the run up to the fourth quarter.

One analyst at the company told the Korea Herald: "Samsung Electronics has only 1-2 weeks of supply, far below the appropriate inventory level of 4-5 weeks, and the shortage will get worse as manufacturers prepare for the Christmas season in the third quarter."

He reckoned a 30 per cent increase in DRAM chip prices would make Samsung and Hyundai Electronics an extra $1 billion in profits over the first half of the year. ®

The Power of One Brief: Top reasons to choose HP BladeSystem

More from The Register

next story
Stick a 4K in them: Super high-res TVs are DONE
4,000 pixels is niche now... Don't say we didn't warn you
BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled
Auntie tight-lipped as major outage rolls on
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
Philip K Dick 'Nazi alternate reality' story to be made into TV series
Amazon Studios, Ridley Scott firm to produce The Man in the High Castle
Amazon Reveals One Weird Trick: A Loss On Almost $20bn In Sales
Investors really hate it: Share price plunge as growth SLOWS in key AWS division
Bose says today is F*** With Dre Day: Beats sued in patent battle
Music gear giant seeks some of that sweet, sweet Apple pie
There's NOTHING on TV in Europe – American video DOMINATES
Even France's mega subsidies don't stop US content onslaught
You! Pirate! Stop pirating, or we shall admonish you politely. Repeatedly, if necessary
And we shall go about telling people you smell. No, not really
Too many IT conferences to cover? MICROSOFT to the RESCUE!
Yet more word of cuts emerges from Redmond
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Seven Steps to Software Security
Seven practical steps you can begin to take today to secure your applications and prevent the damages a successful cyber-attack can cause.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.