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128Mb scraping $3 level

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Memory prices continued to drop last month, a trend that looks set to drive up sales of 256Mb DRAM.

The price of 256Mb DRAM is half what it was six months ago, Nikkei Market Access reports.

Due to falling DRAM prices, the first quarter of 2001 saw a trend of buyers moving from 64Mb to 128Mb DRAM chips.

With no upturn in sight for the DRAM market in the immediate future, price competition between 256Mb DRAMs and 128Mb DRAMs is expected in the second half of 2001.

According to the latest figures from ICIS-LOR, the 30-day rolling average price between June 14 and July 13 of 128Mb DRAM for contract users dropped almost six per cent to $3.01 in North America.

Prices also fell in Europe and Asia, down 4.7 per cent to $3.07 and 7 per cent to $3 respectively.

Regarding 128MB memory module prices on the spot market, prices fell 5.3 per cent to $16.70 in North America, 12 per cent to $18.03 in Europe, and 11 per cent to $15.60 in Asia.

Crucial Memory was today flogging 128Mb SDRAM (PC100) for $21.59, and 256Mb SDRAM for $39.59. ®

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