What..? Do u think their costs are getting higher..? No, they can make so many items at such little cost, ie so effecient. That they are artificially slowing down production, for higher profit... due to artificialy creating demand.
There is zero justification, except for moAr profits = corp greed.
Yes costs are going up. Do you know how much it costs for a new Photolithography tool to produce the latest line widths? 50-60mil for a Wet Immersion tool. i-Line sure as heck didn't cost that much nor will it print anything close to 2xnm.
I work at Micron. I know our CPW, I know how much materials cost per wafer, how much depreciation per wafer. Tell me what you know about DRAM margins and I'll tell you where you're wrong. It's probably 1 to 1 relationship.
Companies don't have to make products they can't make money on so that's exactly whats happening. The DRAM you and I buy, especially on the spot market are the cheap ones. Guess which chips companies are slowing down production on instead of higher margin server and mobile DRAM? The same ones we buy, the commodity market. Whats left is the more expensive parts or the commodity chips prices go up.
If you really want to complain about something, complain about gasoline. They make (net) billions a year while DRAM manufactures lost billions in 2012.
It's funny you say that since ,if I remember correctly, both WD and SG shipped out the most units ever that year...
Edit: I do support this move. While I do not like paying more, the company's need to stay alive. If most of them died and only one company lived guess what the price would do.
The flood was in 2011 and pent up demand caused record shipments in 2012.
If only one company lived it'd be Samsung. Second would be Hynix. If that happens and N Korea decides to send a few missiles south guess what, there'd be NO DRAM available.