PC Solutions Briefs: SDRAM, CD-R, Mikoh, Champion

PC Solutions Briefs: SDRAM, CD-R, Mikoh, Champion

SDRAM goes lower

Just when you thought it couldn't go any lower, SDRAM memory prices have hit an all-time low.

Lack of demand and high inventories continue to take their toll on the industry, according to Converge Knowledge, formerly American IC Exchange. Modules of 64MB RAM were trading below $US0.90, with 128MB at $1.70 and 256MB going for anywhere between $3.50 and $5.50 depending on brand. Industry analysts believe the prices will firm up, making it an ideal time to buy.

CD-R prices on the up

CD-R media prices are set to jump next month, TDK has warned.

The hike is due to a combination of unfavourable exchange rates, increased production costs and the enforcement of royalties from the recording medium's patent holders, according to the company.

CD-R media prices have dropped continuously over the past few years, thanks to an oversupply. Yet the heady days are now over according to TDK brand manager Justin Whitehead.

"Hefty patent royalties, payable on every disc produced, has forced some manufacturers out of business resulting in consolidation and alleviating a CD-R global surplus," he said.

The good news is Australia pays less for CD-R media than any other country, said Whitehead. Additionally, the industry is moving towards an 80-minute standard disk and away from the 74-minute disc.

Retail prices will increase by around 15 per cent. The price of CD-RW media is however, not expected to be effected.

Mikoh buys Champion

Form and document printing developer Mikoh has snapped up the assets and intellectual property of Champion Imaging Systems. It will combine these to form a new business unit based in Melbourne.

Mikoh will pay $1.2 million for the Champion technology, offered as a stand-alone product. Mikoh will also combine it with its digital laser marking technology for security printing.

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