[News] Chinese Clients Accept Price Hikes, DRAM Prices Rise for Three Consecutive Months

2024-02-19 Semiconductors editor

DRAM prices have risen for three consecutive months, a trend attributed to Chinese clients accepting the price hike requests from memory manufacturers, as reported by Nikkei on February 16th.

As per data cited by Nikkei, the wholesale price (transaction price) of the benchmark product DDR4 8Gb was around USD 1.85 each in January 2024, marking a 9% increase from the previous month (December 2023). The price of the smaller 4Gb product was around USD 1.40 each, representing an 8% increase from the previous month. The aforementioned prices have been rising for the third consecutive month.

Reportedly, the price negotiation occurred before the Chinese Lunar New Year holiday, with Chinese clients increasing their purchasing volume before the break.

On the other hand, per TrendForce, since the fourth quarter of last year through the first quarter of this year, contract prices for DRAM products have seen continuous increases. For the mainstream product DDR4 8Gb, the contract price in January was USD 1.80.

The estimated increase for the first quarter is between 10% to 15%, and it is anticipated that there will be an additional increase of at least close to 10% by the end of the first quarter.

The report from Nikkei further addresses that 2024 is expected to enter the early stages of the PC replacement cycle, leading to increased demand for DRAM. According to sources cited in the report, besides Chinese clients, major PC manufacturers are also accepting price hikes.

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Please note that this article cites information from Nikkei.