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Memory Bulletin: DRAM, NAND falls

Posted by iTech - 2005-12-14

Prices for DRAMs and NAND-based flash memories fell last week amid lackluster demand and other factors in the marketplace, according to Gartner Inc.

DRAM contract prices have fallen on average by about 7.8 percent across all densities over the last month, according to Gartner. And last week, the DRAM spot market was slow in weak trading, according to the research firm.

“Demand is lacking,” according to the firm. “Average spot pricing across all densities and technologies was down 4.8 percent compared with the previous week, standing at $2.09 on a 256-Mbit equivalent basis.”

On the spot market, a 256-Mbit (32-Mbit x 8 DDR1 400) part ranged from $1.95-to-$2.35 last week, down from flat to minus 2.5 percent from the previous week. A 512-Mbit (64-Mbit x 8 DDR2 533) part ranged from $3.55-to-$4.00 last week, down 6.6-to-7 percent from the previous week.

The news was also lukewarm for NAND flash, which is seeing “some supply relief from select suppliers,” according to Gartner. Average selling prices fell 2.8 percent for NAND on the spot market, standing at $7.23 on a 1-Gbit equivalent basis, according to the firm.

On the spot market, a 1-Gbit (128-Mbit x 8) part ranged from $7.60-to-$8.00 last week, down 1.8-to-3.8 percent from the previous month.

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