Monthly Memory & Flash Market Watch

August 2023
Monthly Memory & Flash Market Watch

Samsung initiates mass production of UFS 3.1

• This latest automotive memory solution offers the industry’s lowest energy consumption and addresses a wide range of customer needs for optimized in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) systems.

• Samsung aims to expand its presence in the automotive semiconductor market and plans to supply the UFS 3.1 series to global automakers and parts manufacturers by 2023/E.

WDC is trying to reach a deal with Kioxia in August, 2023

• Most of the value in the deal would come from the HDD unit, as WDC posted sales of $1.5B in 2Q23.

• With a mid-30% share, the potential combined company is expected to take on Samsung in the all-important NAND market.

SK Hynix sees DRAM market recovery in its 2nd quarter financial results.

• ASP of DRAM increased due to higher sales of AI servers or other high-end applications.

• Hynix plans to bolster its sales of HBM3, DDR5 , LPDDR5, and 176-layer 3D NAND-based SSDs in a bid to increase revenue, as these products lead to a 44% sequential increase in revenue for the 2nd quarter.

• The company projects a stable demand for AI memory and anticipates a more pronounced effect of production cuts by memory manufacturers.

Micron preps 32Gb DDR5 Chips and high-capacity memory modules in 1H 2024.

• As 1st company to introduce 24Gb DDR5 memory devices and start shipping actual modules, Micron’s 32Gb DDR5 IC will be made on its most advanced production node,1β fabrication technology.

• DDR5 DRAM ICs are particularly useful for datacenter-grade memory modules as they benefit more from high-capacity DRAMs.


WW SSD Shipment

Q3 worldwide SSD shipment is expected to have higher grow rate than 2Q23.

WW DRAM Output

DRAM vendors’ production cut strategy has been executed thoroughly from Q2-3Q23, yet production capacity may increase after DRAM stock level has effectively decreased.

NAND Flash 512Gb TLC Contract Price and Sufficiency, 2022 - 2023

NAND Sufficiency: The over supply status of NAND Flash will possibly turn around in 4Q23.

Price Trend: NAND Flash price trend almost equal to contract low and seems to be bottoming out.

DDR4 8Gb 1G*8 3200MHz ASP and Sufficiency , 2022-2023

DRAM Sufficiency: DRAM oversupply status keeps improving due to production cuts implemented vendors.
Price Trend: DRAM spot price may increase slightly in 2023/E, while 8Gb DDR4 chip price remains flat below the spot price level.


  Type Supply Price

DRAM Module


Flash Storage


3D TLC (BiCS3)

*Limited Supply.

We encourage you to migrate to BiCS4 and BiCS5

3D TLC (BiCS4)
3D TLC (BiCS5)

Smooth supply Tight supply Flat Upward trend   Downward trend


Looking towards the third quarter, we expect a gradual recovery in memory prices, particularly in the DDR module category. Nevertheless, it is crucial to acknowledge that market fluctuations could lead to reduced clarity regarding pricing and supply.
To effectively manage this situation, we are being cautious in accepting contract frame orders. We strongly advise you to engage in a discussion with your account manager regarding your Q3/Q4 demand. This will allow us to plan accordingly, ensuring the best possible pricing and allocation for your needs.