After several years of falling prices for DRAM-memory, experts say that now the market has the potential to stabilize and producers a much needed increase in prices for chips, as the market there has been a balance of supply and demand, and the producers do not produce memory such volumes, her to lie around in the warehouse.
According to the company IC Insights, in January 2013 the price of DRAM rose by 13% compared to January 2012. According to Brian Matas, vice president of IC Insights, a similar increase was noted for the first time over the last few years and it is already unusual for the market. “DRAM market in recent years has become extremely volatility. If the market is experiencing saturation, the prices immediately fly down faster pace, but they also lack the minimal grow quickly,” – said Matas.
According to him, the demand for DRAM was quite weak in the past three years, partly due to a fall in demand reduction on the computers themselves. Memory manufacturers historically operated with a minimum income and any fall in prices for them is palpable. On the other hand, the market for computer memory is one of the most dynamic and manufacturers here very quickly adjust prices.
According to forecasts of IC, this year the average price of DRAM this year at $ 1.85 per GB. However, the company notes that this figure is very conditional, and many types of modern formats of memory will cost more. Last year, the price of memory has reached the minimum price to $ 1.56, while back in 2011, the figure was U.S. $ 1.88 per GB. The company also predicts that this year’s sales of DRAM-memory is 30.7 billion dollars.
While the DRAM-memory prices stabilize, the price structure for this volatility is not NAND-memory market will move in a downward trend. Delivery volume NAND-memory will exceed demand, but because of the growing market for smartphones and tablets, this excess will be negligible. The company predicts that in 2013, sales of NAND-chips will be 30.9 billion dollars, which is about 12% higher than in 2012. The average price per GB of memory decline by about 7%.
Matas said that the volatility of the memory market is almost not affected prices for mobile gadgets. IC says that now the demand for mobile devices is too good for the producers changed it under the influence of short-term factors.
Memory prices on the rise: http://www.eetimes.com/design/memory-design/4408481/Memory-prices-on-the-rise
Prices of DRAM expected to stabilize, NAND to fall: http://www.infoworld.com/t/computer-memory/prices-of-dram-expected-stabilize-nand-fall-214126