[Insights] Memory Spot Price Trends: Clear Surge in DRAM; NAND Flash Relatively Calm

2024-01-24 Semiconductors editor

According to TrendForce’s latest report on memory spot price trends, the DRAM spot market is experiencing a clear upward trend driven by contract market demand. In contrast, the NAND Flash market appears relatively sluggish. Details are as follows:

DRAM Spot Market:

The significant rise in contract prices has also led to a corresponding increase in spot prices this week, and both DDR4 and DDR5 chips are experiencing a price rally. TrendForce has observed that spot buyers’ procurement quantities are not based on actual demand. Buyers are instead banking on future market conditions and raising their inventory levels. Hence, even though there are clear signs of quotes rising, transactions are still limited in terms of quantity. The average spot price of mainstream chips (i.e., DDR4 1Gx8 2666MT/s) rose by 0.69% from US$1.883 last week to US$1.896 this week.

NAND Flash Spot Market:

The spot market of NAND Flash has been rather sluggish compared to that of DRAM. 3D wafers, having risen in prices for a long while, are relatively stagnated now, where the mainstream 512GB TLC is retained at approximately US$3.3. Prices for other finished products are also relatively flat, with sporadic demand for replenishment, and no further magnification has been seen from overall transactions. 512Gb TLC wafer spots have risen by 0.97% this week, arriving at US$3.219.