DigiTimes writes contract prices for 4GB DDR3 memory modules have hit a level of $25 this quarter, an increase of 30 percent versus Q4 2016. DRAMeXchange blames tight supply and predicts the situation will persist through Q1 2017.
ASPs of PC, server and mobile DRAM products are set to increase significantly in the first quarter of 2017, due to ongoing tight supply conditions, said DRAMeXchange. The price rally that began in the second half of 2016 will persist through the first quarter of 2017 despite it being an off-peak season.
"Looking at contract markets for DRAM products in the first quarter of 2017, prices of PC DRAM products are expected to go up by nearly 30% on average compared with the previous quarter while server DRAM products will also enjoy similar price hike," said Avril Wu, research director of DRAMeXchange. "The average contract price of R-DIMM 32GB server DRAM modules has already broken through the US$20 ceiling and is expected to see a sequential quarterly increase of over 20%."