Pricing outlook mixed for DRAM, NAND memory

Stamford, Conn. — Spot pricing for DDR3 DRAMs were stable, while pricing for DDR2 devices fell between two to four percent last week, reports Gartner Inc.

Gartner analysts say while demand remains low in the market, brokers and distributors are liquidating their inventory and realizing profits on stock that was purchased at a lower cost base.

Average spot pricing for DRAMs across all densities and technologies was down 1.5 percent compared with the previous week, settling at $2.81 on a 1-Gb equivalent basis.

Meanwhile, NAND flash spot prices slipped again as buyers remain cautious of large volume purchases, reports Gartner. While pricing for all device types dropped marginally, current pricing levels remain high when compared with historic lows, according to Gartner analysts.

On a weighted 1GB average, current spot prices average $1.57, which represents considerable price erosion from a year ago, when prices in early May 2009 were $2.36, according to Gartner’s latest report. It hasn’t hit the record lows of early December 2008 when pricing bottomed at 90 cents.

Here are Gartner’s latest spot pricing charts.