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DRAM manufacturers recommence high production



/ 5 years ago

After many DRAM manufacturers shut or slowed down production in Q4 last year it now looks like we may be returning to normal. The shut down took place in order to prevent the rapid decline in DRAM prices which was causing RAM sellers to make tiny profits. There are now reports manufacturers across the board are ramping up production once again as excess levels of stock start to clear and prices start to return to normal. Therefore it is advisable if you are planning to upgrade now or in the future, buy ahead because prices are on their way up.

“According to Digitimes, DRAM producers have added 100,000 wafers to their output in Q1 to move towards a balance of supply and demand. Forecasts indicate that DRAM demand may rise by 30 percent in the current quarter. Digitimes said that average selling prices for 4 GB DDR3 DRAM modules have increased by about 6 percent to $18 since Q4. 2 GB DDR3 DRAM also showed higher selling prices than in the last quarter.”

It is also noted that Elpida’s struggle could further increase prices as their huge debt issues could reduce their output capacities further reducing supply and forcing prices upwards.

Source: Tom’s Hardware