256Mbit SDRAM chips will hardly pass $5 limit
According to messages from Taiwan, spot prices for 256Mbit SDRAM chips have raised to $4 since the beginning of the year. Despite some distributors promise to increase prices by another 30-40% up to $5.20-5.60 per 256 Mbit chip, module makers doubt the price will exceed $5.
Currently SDRAM modules are cheaper than DDR ones by average $18.16. In case SDRAM price increases over $5, the difference from DDR will narrow to $1/chip and to about $10/module. Naturally, this will negate any sense of purchasing SDRAM memory.
According to Nikkei Keizai Shimbun, SDRAM contract prices slightly raised by the end of December, having made $3.50-3.85 for 256Mbit chip and $1.80-2.20 for 128Mbit chip. At the same time, DDR contract prices reduced even more and made $6.70-7.30 for 256Mbit chip.
Source: The DigiTimes
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