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Monday, 22 August 2011 10:38

DRAM manufacturers in trouble

Written by Nick Farell
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Falling prices due to oversupply
The DRAM industry is in hot water after falling chip prices caused by oversupply are gutting the industry. Some of them have been forced to rethink their market outlook for the rest of 2011.

According to Digitimes spot quotes for mainstream 2Gb DDR3 have dropped to below US$1 and eTT have fallen to $0.70. What is worse is that the ongoing downward trend is unlikely to reverse for a while.

One of the problems has been that people do not want to buy DRAM because of weak PC sales. Demand for tablet PCs and cloud servers is not large enough to keep up with supply growth.

Samsung has been pushing its shift to 20nm-class process technology to drive down production costs and mitigate ongoing problems in the DRAM industry. This has forced the others to follow, when most of them don't have much cash. Others are diversifying their product lines and slashing operating costs in a bid to save their bacon.


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+11 #1 Chevron 2011-08-22 13:50
They should all start making SSDs
 
 
+4 #2 JEskandari 2011-08-22 15:02
Quoting Chevron:
They should all start making SSDs

I love that then at last I can buy one with some reasonable price tag
 
 
+1 #3 DaRAGE 2011-08-22 15:07
They are totally different sorts of memory. One is DRAM...aka RAM = Random Access Memory, that doesn't hold its charge, and the other is FLASH storage, what u have in your SSD, like a USB Flash storage Device Aka USB Stick ;-P One holds data only with Charge (DRAM), The other Without Charge (FLASH, aka SSD).
 
 
+3 #4 Chevron 2011-08-22 16:12
Quoting DaRAGE:
They are totally different sorts of memory. One is DRAM...aka RAM = Random Access Memory, that doesn't hold its charge, and the other is FLASH storage, what u have in your SSD, like a USB Flash storage Device Aka USB Stick ;-P One holds data only with Charge (DRAM), The other Without Charge (FLASH, aka SSD).


They are still similar enough for the factories to churn out both. Just ask OCZ and Corsair :P
 
 
+2 #5 JAB Creations 2011-08-22 16:21
16GB of DDR3 for $90 on Newegg, these manufacturers should consider building easy and reliable to run RAM disks. I'm sure DDR3 would still smoke the vast majority of SSD drives, maybe even the PCI-Express ones too and it would certainly encourage people to spend more money on RAM.
 
 
+4 #6 bardenck 2011-08-22 16:41
Quoting JAB Creations:
16GB of DDR3 for $90 on Newegg, these manufacturers should consider building easy and reliable to run RAM disks. I'm sure DDR3 would still smoke the vast majority of SSD drives, maybe even the PCI-Express ones too and it would certainly encourage people to spend more money on RAM.



@ newegg you can buy corsair xms 4GB ram at 1600 for 18.99 a stick!! thats only 76$ for 16GB!! i saw it for 11.99 after rebate a week ago..
 
 
+1 #7 zeropercenthotgas 2011-08-22 20:10
and cheaper ram is bad news how?
 
 
+2 #8 bardenck 2011-08-22 20:11
Quoting zeropercenthotg as:
and cheaper ram is bad news how?



who said it was bad?
 
 
+1 #9 Squall_Leonhart 2011-08-23 01:37
Quoting Chevron:
Quoting DaRAGE:
They are totally different sorts of memory. One is DRAM...aka RAM = Random Access Memory, that doesn't hold its charge, and the other is FLASH storage, what u have in your SSD, like a USB Flash storage Device Aka USB Stick ;-P One holds data only with Charge (DRAM), The other Without Charge (FLASH, aka SSD).


They are still similar enough for the factories to churn out both. Just ask OCZ and Corsair :P


Neither make the modules they use in their products
 
 
0 #10 nt300 2011-08-23 02:14
Wonderfull, anybody can pick up a nice DDR3-1866 16GB Ram (4GB x 4) for under $200, but with super good timings...
 

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