DRAM Makers Kick Up Production, Anticipate Growing Demand

Paul Lilly

It was over three years ago when Adata chairman Simon Chen frustratingly noted that 2008 was the worst year for DRAM in the past 15 years, and not much has changed since then. Memory chip makers have tried a number of different strategies since then, from consolidation to, more recently, choking supply in hopes of stopping free-falling prices. Now we're hearing DRAM production is about to kick up a notch.

Memory chip makers have already increased their output by a combined 100,000 wafers in the first quarter of 2012, DigiTimes reports. That isn't much, and it's because DRAM players are trying to play it cautious this time around and not overshoot demand.

Apparently DRAM makers believe the memory market is on pace to grow by as much as 30 percent in 2012, up from an original forecast of 22 percent. Not only is demand on the rise, but so are prices. According to DigiTimes , the average selling price (ASP) for 4GB DDR3 modules has gone up roughly 6 percent to $18 so far this month.

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