Memory prices no longer rising as weak demand returns

Posted on Wednesday, November 04 2020 @ 13:11 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Prices of memory started climbing in September but DigiTimes reports this trend has stopped as demand has reverted to weak levels. On a related note, the Taiwanese tech site notes there's been a scramble for TSMC's 28nm node as customers are switching from China's SMIC due to the US trade ban.
Memory spot price rally that had started in September slowed down in October amid growing COVID-19 worries and sluggish demand from the data center sector. Despite a pick-up in demand for consumer electronics applications, the overall memory demand remains slow. But the automotive sector is gaining momentum, as carmakers replenish their inventory. Demand for automotive chips and components is expected to remain strong till first-quarter 2021. For TSMC, clients are scrambling for foundry supply of not only advanced node capacity, but also of mature processes. TSMC has seen 28nm capacity utilization reach almost 100%, thanks to orders switched from China's SMIC.




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