Techweb brengt het blije nieuws dat de DRAM prijzen de afgelopen 2 weken met 33% omlaag zijn gevallen:
Both independent distributors NECX and the American IC Exchange said Friday that 8-Mbit x 8 tags had dropped in many cases to $14.50, down nearly 33 percent from the $21 price of just two weeks ago.
Analysts attributed the sharp decline to a lessening of the panic buying that followed last month's earthquake in Taiwan, which they said may now actually crimp PC production because of supply disruptions.
Meanwhile, OEM 8-Mbit x 8 PC100 contract prices, an indicator of the volume DRAM market, have risen to the $9 to $10 level. [break] Trouwens, over die DRAM prijzen staat ook een interessant stukje in het artikel van Dean Kent (zie vorige nieuwsposting): [/break] When the Taiwan earthquake hit, many brokers decided that it was an opportune time to drive up prices. For no other reason than pure opportunism, prices went from about $15 per chip to over $20 for a short period of time. There has been much speculation that the memory manufacturers were the one driving prices, but it has been primarily brokers and manufacturers of peripheral components who made out. When the prices began to rise, manufacturers of devices that require on-board memory (video cards, for example) began to stock up on memory chips, which they then sold for premium prices shortly after the earthquake