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DRAM prices resume upward move this month

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SEOUL, July 19 (Yonhap) -- Dynamic random access memory (DRAM) chip prices rose this month after staying flat last month, industry data showed on Friday.

The fixed price of DDR3 2Gb 256Mx8 1333MHz chips averaged US$1.58 in the first half of this month, up 1.94 percent from the second half of last month, according to the data by market researcher DRAMeXchange.

The latest price marks the highest figure after the $1.59 posted in the second half of July 2011, the data showed.

DRAM chip prices remained flat in June after rising for seventh consecutive months.

After falling to a record low of $0.80 in November 2012, the price has been trending higher this year, marking more than a 90 percent jump from the end of last year.

The price hike has been in reaction to manufacturers scaling back production of DRAM chips and PC makers adjusting their stockpiles, according to market watchers.

Some watchers say that DRAM prices may resume their upward moves as chipmakers are focusing on mobile DRAM, which is used for smartphone and tablet PCs.

The data also showed that the price increase of NAND flash products, used for smartphones, remained flat this month.

The fixed price of 64Gb 8Gx8 MLC products stood at $5.52 in the first half of this month, unchanged from two weeks earlier, while the price for 32Gb 4Gx8 MLC products also remained flat at $3.58 over the cited period, according to the data.

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