Industry sources told DigiTimes that DRAM spot pricing is expected to increase by 5 to 10 percent this week. At present, spot prices hover around $1 per gigabit:
DRAM contract prices for March were previously anticipated to go much higher amid concerns that Elpida Memory's possible exit from the DRAM industry might cause a decrease in supply, the sources indicated. However, a continued slowing in end-market demand has discouraged PC OEMs from replenishing inventory causing March prices to likely see less-than-expected growth, the sources said.
Chip suppliers are still negotiating March quotes with their OEM clients, which refuse to accept the requested up-to-10% increase, claiming a lack of a visible rise in demand, the sources disclosed.