LONDON The contract price for the supply of the 2-Gbyte small outline dual-in-line memory modules in the DDR2 DRAM 800-MHz format has increased to $41 from $36 in the first half of November, a jump of 14 percent, according to DRAMexchange Technology Inc., a Taiwan-based market analysis company.
The so-called "high" contract price has surpassed the spot price and reached $50 per module, according to the company. The DDR2 contract price is expected to retain upward momentum in November given increased shipments of middle-priced PCs by OEMs, the company said.
DRAM vendors are adopting a "bundled strategy" to prevent buyers moving rapidly to DDR3 DRAM, although migration to DDR3 has already stimulated rising prices for DDR3 DRAMs.
DRAMexchange said it now expects the DDR2-to-DDR3 price crossover point to come earlier than it previously predicted at the end of 1Q10 or the beginning of 2Q10.
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