Trading prices for DRAM and Flash jumped on Monday in response to the earthquake and tsunami that rocked Japan on Friday.
According to DRAMeXchange, a market intelligence provider for DRAM and Flash, spot prices were up by as much as 7.29 percent for DRAM and 20.48 percent for Flash, as supply was restricted while memory suppliers sought to understand the scale of the catastrophe.
"In DRAM spot market today, due to the influence of huge impact from Japan earthquake, most suppliers stopped offering," DRAMeXchange said on Monday morning. "Accordingly, the overall price rose more than five percent respectively since early day trading."
At the time of writing, increases in spot prices for DRAM ranged from 5.27 percent for DDR and 7.56 percent for DDR3 1GB. Flash memory price rises ranged between 5.62 percent for 8GB multi-level cell (MLC) Flash and 20.48 percent for 32GB MLC, according to DRAMeXchange.
DRAMeXchange owner Trendforce said a combination of factory stoppages and supply chain disruptions will hit DRAM and Flash inventory.
"Altogether, the over semiconductor production line was not severely damaged, the material supply and basic traffic reconstruction will impact more on the supply of semiconductor than production line damage," Trendforce wrote.