The Dram manufacturers have agreed on a price reference for the first quarter, according to sources close to the major semiconductor companies.
The price for 4x4 chips will be $9.50, which multiplies up to $80 for a 16Mbit piece. That represents an increase over current prices of 20 to 25 per cent.
However, this figure is the price given by the semiconductor manufacturers to customers that buy in large volumes. Others will have to pay extra as middle men and other brokers add their margins to the base price.
The reference price for the second quarter is not yet agreed but a 4x4 price is not expected to fall below $9, the source said.
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