LONDON Samsung Electronics is ramping up production of DDR3 memories and shifting manufacturing to a 40-nm process to meet what it anticipates will be increased demand as companies start rebuilding inventories.
The company also said at its Mobile Solution summit in Taipei, Taiwan, that the semiconductor sector was performing better than expected because of help from governments across the globe through stimulus packages, but still remained cautious on the outlook for real growth.
Kwon Oh-hyun, head of Samsung's semiconductor group, said at the Taipei event he expects the current shortage of high-end DDR3 chips used in many PCs and other electronic devices to be resolved in the short term, but, according to a report from Reuters , declined to say if he was expecting a hike in DRAM chip prices.
"Higher chip prices will be good for DRAM makers, but that'll be bad for our clients. The best thing right now is for prices to stabilise," Kwon said.
Contract prices of DRAMs have been increasing since April. The average contract price of the mainstream 1-gigabit double-data-rate-two chip that runs at 667MHz hit $1.66 for the latter part of September, the highest level in a year, according to data from Taipei-based chip clearinghouse DRAMeXchange.
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