If you are considering building a new computer or upgrading a current one with more memory, you may want to wait a bit as prices may be coming down soon. As it is, some have predicted the price of DRAM modules will decrease in 4Q2018, but now TrendForce, through its DRAMeXchange division, is suggesting this turn may be faster than predicted due to an Intel CPU shortage. While the cause of the shortage is unclear, Intel is suffering from one on its products based on its 14 nm++ process and 14 nm+ process, including the Coffee Lake platform. This in turn is also bringing down the expectations for laptop shipments, which combined the shortage and expectation of the DRAM market to shift into oversupply may cause prices to drop more than previously expected.
Another market that may be impact is NAND Flash, because if laptop shipment expectations are lowered than so will be the demand for the SSDs they use. Come the fourth quarter, we could see both of these memory technologies become more affordable.
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