The memory market in the UK was in total turmoil when we talked to five different distributors today. Alan Stanley, MD at Dane Elec said: "We?re pushing stuff out of the door. Prices are fluctuating as we speak."
A source at Datrontech echoed the chaos in the market. He said: "It?s all over the place and politics are at play here". He claimed that shortages in the CPU market meant major manufacturers were trooping to Intel and asking them not to cut prices so that memory prices will rise rather than fall forever.
The entry of Vanguard into the market has made a difference but the five distributors were reluctant to disclose whether or not they sold the Taiwanese memory. What?s even more interesting is that Micron is leaving the 4Mb by 1 market and prices of those parts have fallen to an all time low of $3. The chips can be mounted in Simms which makes the equation more complicated but demonstrates that the turmoil in the market is set to continue for at least the last three months.
And Intel?s move from building-to-forecast to building-to-backlog means that while the multinational vendor players have their allocations, the chip giant is no longer a major actor in the ebb and flow of the commodity market. Prices are for quantities of 20 and use page mode rather than EDO (extended data out). Prices are in dollars because of the unstable nture of the market.
With parity Datrontech Osmosis Dane Elec Enta
8Mb $43 $37 $59 POA
16Mb $105 $125 $118 POA
8Mb $39 $37.5 $34 $34
16Mb $92 $62 $85 $109
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