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The same is probably true about Corsair: in the end of June the company launched their 1GHz memory modules. A two-module kit (2x512MB) was selling in Japanese stores for $370. Theoretically, this is not a too crazy price, especially compared with the corresponding CPU or graphics accelerator...

By the way, since we came to speak about prices... Summing up the results of the past two months we will hardly see the usual even curve going from the upper left to the lower right corner. In fact, in June nothing indicated any significant changes. Yes, the prices started off the $2.3 for 256Mbit DDR400 (because there was simply no more room for further drop), rose to $2.45, returned back to where they started and ended up at $2.4 per chip in the end of the month.

So, $2.45 for 256Mbit chip turned into the resistance level (in terms stock trading). According to the economical definitions of this phenomenon, the prices should either hit against this level and roll back if they cannot beat it, or if they hit hard enough, they will make a significant move forward. This is exactly what happened in July. The moment Samsung and Hynix (and Powerchip, too) had slightly reduced the shipments to the mass market, the stability was completely gone. They may have reduced the shipments for several reasons: maybe because they were reorganizing production capacities for flash memory products, maybe because they wanted to manipulate the market this way, maybe both. The result was outstanding: only in the first decade of July the prices sky-rocketed by over 9% to $2.64 per chip.

In the second half of the month the mainboard manufacturers started reporting unexpectedly high sales volumes in June, thus causing the prices to grow even more (as there was hope that the demand will keep growing). This was the second upsurge, a smaller one, but still: the price reached $2.73 (so that the overall price growth since the beginning of the month reached 12.8%). By the end of the month the prices got slightly corrected, so that we finished July at $2.68 per 256Mbit chip. But this is definitely none other but correction preceding another significant jump up: the memory makers keep transferring more of their production lines to flash divisions, and the demand seems really to be improving.

Well, I will keep monitoring the situation for you, so stay tuned for the next overview in about a month!

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