RAM prices set to 'free fall'
Tablet love is cutting suppliers' throats
Not content with merely rolling downhill, the price of RAM is set to drop off a cliff as the PC market slows, according to IHS iSuppli.
The average selling price for DDR3 with 2 gigabit density, which is the bellwether DRAM product, is projected to drop to $1.60 in the third quarter, down 24 per cent from $2.10 in the second quarter.
"A dramatic oversupply and free-falling prices are in store during the third quarter for the DRAM space, resulting in a turbulent second half for besieged DRAM suppliers," the analysis house said.
The fourth quarter could see pricing continue its tumultuous tumble another 22 per cent to $1.25 – "dangerously close to cash costs for many manufacturers".
Just a year ago, the price of typical memory for laptops and PCs was $4.70, but recessional woes and tablet-love have combined to cut the throat of PC demand. What little demand there is exists more in the lower end of the market, where big RAM is not a priority.
"A weakening DRAM market will encourage manufacturers to optimise their product mix, moving toward increased production of a higher-margin memory such as NAND flash," said IHS.
Tablets and smartphones often use NAND flash memory, and laptop-manufacturers have also featured it in ultra-thin notebooks or netbooks pitched as alternatives to tablets. ®
@"Who buys their memory from Dixons!"
I only have one bit of memory from Dixons.
Its a flag bit that says, don't buy from Dixons. :)
Once upon a time
I paid £600 for 16MB of RAM.
we have a winner
I paid a shilling each for two 1-bit wound ferrite rings encapsulated in clear plastic. Made nice cufflinks, until they were stolen. As a price-per-bit, that's still some theft.
it's a far cry from penny chews...
I remember 1Mb 30 pin SIMMS for £25
I feel old :-(