Get ready for higher memory and PC prices.
Research firm iSuppli is predicting a supply crunch for the key memory used in PCs, DRAM, later this year.
Demand is surging when there’s a bottleneck in supplies of new manufacturing equipment, and some firms are facing complicated new production processes.
The firm expects shipments of 1 gigabit equivalent units will increase 49 percent to 15.9 billion units this year, up from 10.7 billion last year.
Boise-based Micron is among the few companies well positioned with the latest equipment, iSuppli said in its release.
It’s funny, this comes as I’m seeing the street price of DDR3 memory finally fall. A 4 gigabyte set is now under $100 — about $90 in some places — but maybe the deals are short-lived.