Kington told DigiTimes that it expects contract prices for DRAM memory chips will remain flat this quarter, with a likely trend upward in the second half of the year. The company has seen little impact from the earthquake disaster in Japan on the DRAM market, but is experiencing minor NAND flash shortages.
Kingston said it has so far seen little impact on the worldwide DRAM industry supply chain from the recent disasters in Japan. There are rumors of shortages of manufacturing-use raw materials, such as silicon wafers, circulating in the market.
As for NAND flash, Kingston said that there is slight undersupply of the memory at present. But as the second quarter is the traditional off-peak season, demand may soften, Kingston indicated.
Kingston anticipates that the supply of NAND chips will become increasingly tight in the long run, as tablets and other new applications help create huge demand for the memory.