AnandTech heeft een artikeltje in elkaar gedraaid over de oorzaken van de huidige prijsstijgingen op de geheugen markt:
With the transition to RDRAM (Rambus DRAM) being pushed for by Intel (ok, you can blame them for that, but really, they didn't do anything wrong this time) in time for their September 27th release of the Camino chipset - which will support SDRAM - memory manufacturers are currently trying to juggle more than a few balls here. Just look at what the industry is asking them to do: produce PC66 modules (seemingly not that great of a demand, but there are still PC66 compliant systems out there guys), produce PC100 modules, produce PC133 modules (just in case RDRAM fails miserably), and now produce RDRAM. That's a lot of balls they're being asked to juggle, and frankly, it makes perfect sense for them to have trouble cranking out four different flavors of memory.
A shortage of regular SDRAM modules due to the pressure for a shift to RDRAM is another possibility for such a drastic price hike, however on the other side of the issue we have the OEMs and distributors that actually sell the stuff. They are claiming the opposite, in that quite a few OEMs and distributors don't understand the price hike at all, stating that there couldn't possibly be a shortage as they are currently sitting on more than enough DRAM parts just waiting to be sold. While this doesn't apply to everyone, it could very well be a contributing factor to the rocketing prices.
Verder heeft-ie wat info over Rambus DRAM ('800MHz of crap?') en laat-ie een paar leuke plaatjes van 256Meg DIMMetjes zien (die dingen kunnen groooot zijn ).