DRAM price-rise

SEOUL, April 1 (Yonhap) -- Dynamic random access memory (DRAM) chip prices continued to climb in the second half of March but the growth pace slowed, data showed Monday.

The fixed price of DDR3 2Gb 256Mx8 1333MHz chips came to US$1.31 in the second half of March, up 2.34 percent from the first half of the month, according to the data by market researcher DRAMeXchange.

The gain in the chip price compares with an 18.52 percent rise during the first two weeks of last month, the data showed.

The end-March level is roughly on par with the price from August 2011, according to the data.

After falling to a record low of $0.80 in November 2012, the price has been trending higher this year, marking a 54 percent jump from the end of last year.

The price hike is in reaction to manufacturers scaling back production of DRAM chips, according to market watchers.

Meanwhile, the data also showed that the price increase of NAND flash products eased in the second half of last month.

The fixed price of 64Gb 8Gx8 MLC products remained unchanged from two weeks earlier at $5.34, while the price for 32Gb 4Gx8 MLC products gained 2.78 percent to $2.96, according to the data.

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