SEOUL, South Korea Spot prices for DRAMs have risen rapidly since Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. and Hynix Semiconductor Inc. increased DRAM contract prices. The two companies reported they have succeeded in raising the supply price of 128-Mbit memory chips by 19 to 25 percent. As a result, 128-Mbit chips that previously sold for around $4 are reaching almost $5.
Meanwhile, the price of 128-Mbit synchronous DRAMs rose by 7 percent by mid-February on the Asia spot market.
Since January, Samsung's semiconductor operation has returned to profitability. Hynix said it also expected to make a profit in February. However, the company declined to confirm any reports about contract prices.
Kwon Yong Wook is content editor at sister publication EE Times Korea.