DRAM prices set to soar

Prices of DRAM are likely to rise by between five to 10 percent before the third quarter of this year.

That’s DRAM Exchange’s analysis of the contract, that is to say OEM market, following tightness in supply of the memory chips coupled with strong demand.

The organisation says that DDR3 has already risen by seven percent to $46 while DDR2 is up by five percent to $52.

It also warns that a strong demand for DRAM for the mobile market will cannabilise commodity memory.

On the spot memory front, DRAM Exchange thinks that module firms will stock up on DDR2 but output for the spot market will be sharply constrained and firms making modules will find difficulty sourcing enough DRAM chips.