Want to read Slashdot from your mobile device? Point it at m.slashdot.org and keep reading!


Forgot your password?
Back for a limited time - Get 15% off sitewide on Slashdot Deals with coupon code "BLACKFRIDAY" (some exclusions apply)". ×

Submission + - Oversupply sends DRAM prices to one-year low (networkworld.com)

alphadogg writes: DRAM chip prices reached a one-year low on Tuesday and approached their cheapest ever due to a post-holiday oversupply. The cheap memory chips are pushing PC prices lower too, a Taiwan-based trading platform said.

Prices for commodity 1-Gbit DDR3 DRAM chips dropped to an average of $0.84 per unit from historic highs around $2.80 in April and May last year, said Ivan Lin, publicist and editor with DRAMeXchange. Prices hit a record low of $0.81 per chip in March 2009, according to the exchange's daily surveys.

DRAM began losing value most recently in December as the Western holiday shopping season wound down, Lin said. But major manufacturers such as Elpida Memory, Powerchip Semiconductor and Samsung Electronics kept pumping out chips to stay competitive, he said.

Increased factory capacity has also held prices in check despite warnings of a DRAM shortage due to problems obtaining equipment and phasing in new technology. PC makers typically spend about 10 percent, or $20 to $36, of a PC's total manufacturing cost on DRAM, Lin said.

This discussion was created for logged-in users only, but now has been archived. No new comments can be posted.

Oversupply sends DRAM prices to one-year low

Comments Filter:

Quark! Quark! Beware the quantum duck!