Taipei, Thursday, August 24, 2017 03:48 (GMT+8)
thunderstorms
Taipei
35°C
Memory makers see better profits as chip pricing improves
Jessie Shen, DIGITIMES, Taipei [Wednesday 17 April 2013]

Memory chipmakers as well as module firms are in a favorable and more profitable position in the second quarter of 2013, as prices for DRAM and NAND flash chips continue to strengthen.

Early April contract prices for 4GB DDR3 modules went up 8-10% to US$25-26, with corresponding 4Gb chips quoted between US$2.80 and US$2.95, a recent Chinese-language Commercial Times report cited sources at module makers as disclosing. Meanwhile, prices for 2GB parts topped US$15 with average prices for 2Gb chips arriving at US$1.50, according to the report.

Contract prices for NAND flash memory also saw a substantial rally during the same period, including those for higher density solutions, the report indicated. Prices for mainstream 32Gb MLC chips rose 5-12% in the first half of April, while those for 128Gb ones increased by 2-9%, the report said.

As peak season approaches, prices for DRAM and NAND flash chips are expected to edge higher later in the second quarter of 2013. Companies including those that had losses in their most-recent quarter will benefit from the continued price increases.

Chip firms including Nanya Technology, Winbond Electronics and Inotera Memories stand a good chance of swinging to quarterly profits sometime in 2013, market watchers were quoted in previous reports as saying. Meanwhile, module firms such as Adata Technology and Transcend Information, as well as fabless designers Elite Semiconductor Memory Technology (ESMT) and Etron Technology, are set to make bigger profits, the watchers also believe.

Realtime news
  • Hanwha Q Cells, LG, China PV makers reportedly look for factory sites in US

    Before Going to Press | 7h 14min ago

  • BOE to catch up with LGD in large-size LCD panel shipments

    Before Going to Press | 7h 39min ago

  • Xiaomi smartphone shipments may reach 30 million units in 3Q17

    Before Going to Press | 7h 39min ago

  • Global PV installation capacity to reach 390GWp by year-end 2017

    Before Going to Press | 7h 41min ago

  • Taiwan market: Samsung to roll out Galaxy Note 8 in September

    Before Going to Press | 7h 55min ago

  • CPT China subsidiary enters production for 18:9 smartphone panels

    Before Going to Press | 8h 8min ago

  • Alibaba fund invests in 11 Taiwan startups

    Before Going to Press | 8h 21min ago

  • China LED makers expanding capacities

    Before Going to Press | 8h 23min ago

  • Global mobile DRAM revenues increase 14.8% in 2Q17, says DRAMeXchange

    Before Going to Press | 8h 24min ago

  • ASML opens branch office in Nanjing

    Before Going to Press | 8h 25min ago

Pause
 | 
View more
WCIT 2017
China AMOLED panel capacity expansion forecast, 2016-2020
Global notebook shipment forecast, 2017 and beyond
  • China AMOLED panel capacity expansion forecast, 2016-2020

    This Digitimes Research Special Report examines the China AMOLED industry, focusing on the expansion capacity of the makers, the current implementation plans of major smartphone vendors in the market and the technological hurdles faced by the China makers.

  • Taiwan server shipment forecast and industry analysis, 2017

    Digitimes Research estimates that revenues from sales of server motherboards, servers, storage systems and related network system equipment by Taiwan-based vendors reached NT$555.8 billion in 2016 and the amount is estimated to grow 5.9% on year in 2017.

  • Global notebook shipment forecast, 2017 and beyond

    This Digitimes Special Report examines key factors in the notebook industry, including products, vendors and ODMs, that will affect total shipments in 2017 and through 2021.