DRAMeXchange reported that client-grade SSDs of mainstream capacities continued to see rising prices in the PC-OEM market during the first quarter.
On average, prices of MLC-based client-grade SSDs are projected to go up by 12% to 16% compared to the fourth quarter of 2016.
The prices of TLC-based products are expected to increase by 10% to 16%.
In the second quarter, end device sales are anticipated to be relatively flat.
While the average price of mainstream client-grade SSDs will climb, the increase in the second quarter will be more moderate.
“Average contract prices of client-grade SSDs in the PC-OEM market are rising because PC clients are aggressively stocking up their inventories, and smartphone clients are also maintaining strong demand for storage components,” said Alan Chen at DRAMeXchange.
“The industry-wide transition to 3D-NAND and 2D-NAND TLC production has sharply reduced the supply of Flash memory of the 2D-NAND MLC type. Thus, the price increase of MLC-based SSDs is outpacing that of TLC-based SSDs.”