The UK indirect channel has warned that demand for PC100 synchronous Dram parts is such that shortages may occur in August.
That follows reports from South Korea that demand for synchronous Dram is helping memory manufacturers recover from the glut that has affected the market worldwide.
Andrew Mackenzie, managing director of Dtec Memory Corporation, said that the move to PC 100 parts was fuelled by the introduction of Pentium II parts which use the 100MHz bus, as well as competitive pricing and the shipping of PCs with 64Mb of memory. He said: "We're starting to see shortages come through the channel and Goldstar [LG] and Hyundai are getting to the point where there may be allocations on the parts by the end of August."
In South Korea itself, manufacture of PC 100 64Mbit parts has increased sharply, with LG Semicon boosting its output production to 90 per cent of its 64Mbit DRAM production to meet overseas demand. LG Semicon has claimed that it now produces over six million synchronous Dram parts a month. Windows 98 may also have a small part to play in the increase of demand.
Samsung Semiconductor has also experienced a surge in demand for the parts and now produces over four million PC100 chips a month, the reports added. Hyundai is also expected to increase its output.
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