DigiTimes reports contract prices for NAND flash memory fell 2-5 percent in the first half of this month due to sluggish demand for flash memory cards and USB drievs:
NAND flash contract prices will continue to fall but at a slower pace, said DRAMeXchange, adding that chip suppliers have become more reluctant to further drop their prices for profitability reasons. Buyers, while holding a conservative attitude toward inventory levels at quarter-end, tend to continue negotiating lower prices, DRAMeXchange indicated.
NAND flash contract prices for the third quarter will depend very much on the demand side, DRAMeXchange noted. The market for USB flash drives will enter its traditional peak season in the second half of 2012, which should help push up demand for NAND flash memory, DRAMeXchange said.