Memory Chip Prices Expected to Keep Dropping

The price of memory chips is expected to keep falling until the end of this year, prompting concerns for a drop in performance for Korean chip makers in the fourth quarter.

According to market researcher DisplaySearch Sunday, chip prices started dropping in the second quarter and are likely to decrease by 6 to 22 percent even in the traditional high season from October to December.

The price of 1 Gb DDR3 DRAM, one of the flagship models of Samsung Electronics, rose to US$2.81 in the second quarter but is forecast to slide to $1.90 in the fourth. Another staple product, 16 Gb NAND flash memory, is expected to be traded at $3.9 in the quarter ending December, down from $4.42 early this year.

englishnews@chosun.com / Sep. 27, 2010 10:39 KST