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DRAM prices continue to fall, but the cuts are failing to bring back buyers back in sufficient quantities, according to Asiabiztech. Scarce customers means inventory overhang for many manufacturers, which in turn means financial problems, and that means consolidation, either by merger or by departure from the scene. Phew!

AsiaBiztech has published one of its regular round-ups of chip contract prices, compiled by market research firm ICIS-LOR.

The moving average contract prices of 128Mb DRAMs (PC133 16Mb x 8) for the 30 days ended 5 January was $8.65 in Europe, $7.63 in Asia, and $13.82 in North America, according to research firm ICIS-LOR.

Compared with the 30 days ended Dec. 29, Europe saw prices drop 7.98 per cent and Asia 11.95 per cent, while prices in North America stayed the same.

Spot prices for memory modules (PC133) were $50.58 in Europe, down 4.94 from the previous week, $44.61 in Asia, down 4.58 per cent, and $46.83 in North America, down 0.35 per cent. ®

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