[Insights] Memory Spot Price Update: Limited Transactions, Continues Until After Chinese New Year

2024-01-31 Semiconductors editor

TrendForce releases latest trends in memory spot prices. With subdued DRAM supply and demand, transactions are limited. NAND Flash shows low trading volumes as well, expected to persist until after the Chinese New Year. Details below:

DRAM Spot Market:

DRAM spot prices are rising steadily, with larger hikes for chips and smaller increases for modules. Regarding chip spot prices, DDR5 products have shown a sharper price increase compared to DDR4 products. However, the quantities that DRAM suppliers have released into the spot market have been fairly limited since the first quarter is the slow season, so transaction volumes are also modest.

Currently, some Chinese OEMs are winding down their operations in preparation for the Lunar New Year holiday, so the state of spot trading is expected to remain like this until the end of the holiday. The average spot price of the mainstream chips (i.e., DDR4 1Gx8 2666MT/s) rose by 1.00% from US$1.903 last week to US$1.922 this week.

NAND Flash Spot Market:

Suppliers are maintaining an extremely restricted shipment on 3D wafers, which explains the steady increase of prices despite low transactions, though the elevation of prices has fallen below that of recent DRAM spots. Client SSD is also amplifying in partial prices from ongoing demand of replenishment among fabs.

A number of Chinese fabs are going on holiday with Chinese New Year arriving imminently, and the current transaction status is likely to carry on until after the holiday. 512Gb TLC wafer spots have risen by 6.77% this week, arriving at US$3.437.