Memory cost to remain volatile

Fluctuations in memory prices are a fact of life for the near future, says research company International Data New Zealand country manager Graham Penn.

Penn says a number of different cycles happen to be coinciding to produce noticeable ups and downs.

What is changing is the equation for demand worldwide, the shift by major pc oems from fpm dram to extended data out (edo) and synchronous dram (sdram) in high-end Pentium systems, and the transition from 4Mb to 16Mb of ram to accommodate new memory-hungry operating systems such as Win95 and nt as well as multimedia.

He says a recent price dip resulted from a significant slowdown in PC sales, which hit New Zealand in the fourth quarter of 1995.

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