Memory Chipmakers Are Warning That NAND Flash Prices Could Increase Up to 40% in 2020

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Solid state drives and other NAND flash products saw generous discounts over the holidays, but prices could be rebounding beyond what’s expected.

According to DIGITIMES, sources at memory chipmakers are predicting that contract prices will rise as much as 40% in 2020.

No explicit reason was given, but it would obviously stem from some kind of supply issue relating to increased demand or lack of materials.

Ironically, Samsung’s DRAM and NAND flash complex at Hwaseong suffered a minute-long blackout yesterday, which forced the company to halt all production lines for two or three days. Losses are said to be in the millions of dollars.

A half-hour power outage at Samsung’s Pyeongtaek chip plant in 2018 resulted in estimated losses of about 50 billion won ($43.32 million) according to Yonhap.

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