The economic crisis has hit many industries hard from banking to automotive to the electronics business. International governments, including the U.S., have united to bail out the struggling banking and finance industry. Critics say that these bailout reward mismanagement and undermine the free market, while supporters say they are essential to prevent a depression.
Meanwhile, American lawmakers struggle with bailout plans for the U.S. automakers, as public opinion opposes such a plan.
However, another industry, often forgotten here in the U.S., has been hit even harder by the crisis, pushing it to the brink of collapse -- the DRAM business.
If the DRAM market collapses, there would be major ramifications for the notebook and desktop market worldwide, as every consumer computer uses DRAM. Mobile electronics, which also utilize DRAM, would likely suffer as well. All of these markets could see soaring prices if production dries up.
DRAM makers blame the crisis partially on building too many factories. When Microsoft's Windows Vista was released, its high memory requirements were expected to boost DRAM sales. With loans cheap, many new factories were built -- too many in fact. Now DRAM makers are struggling to pay off these debts and remain operational.