Itís emerged that contract prices for mainstream DRAMs have soared in the first half of this month, and that DDR2 prices have rocketed up some 18% from the second half of January. Figures released from DRAMeXchange show that DRAM makers successfully raised DDR2 memory module prices by more than 16%, with some makers even raising prices by over 23%.

Korea-based DRAM makers Samsung Electronics and Hynix Semiconductor, which together hold more than 40% of the global DRAM market, both raised their contract prices in February amid tight capacity.