Memory Prices Increase as NAND Flash Supply Fails to Meet Demand

Posted on March 28, 2017

A shortage of NAND flash, the storage medium for solid-state drives, is making memory chips more expensive this year. Based in part on the transition from 2D NAND to 3D NAND, the shortage has driven up the cost of NAND by an average of 12-16% this quarter for multi-level cell (MLC) SSDs and 10-16% for triple-level (TLC) drives.

The costs are being passed on to manufacturers as demand for memory chips continues to grow. Advanced Clustering Technologies will have to adjust product offerings based on supply availability. Our priority is to ensure orders can be fulfilled within the required timeframes.

Memory prices are expected to continue to increase through the rest of 2017. We recommend you contact Advanced Clustering Technologies to discuss options for orders you plan to make this year.

Read more about the NAND flash shortage from industry sources:
ZDNet: NAND flash shortage leads to higher SSD prices, fewer drive

TomsHardware.com: SSD Prices Skyrocket As NAND Shortage Deepens, HDD Shortage Looms As Components Become Scarce

The Register: Str-NAND-ed: Flash chip drought hits tech world

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