SST Flash Market Update - June 2017

  • 3D NAND transition still driving shortages of some SSD
  • Fall may bring increased demand for TLC and MLC NAND for mobile applications
  • Price Increases could continue through 2017
  • SST NightHawk™ has completed the transition to 3D NAND flash

Are Signs of Stability in the NAND Flash Market Premature?

As the NAND Flash shortage continued through the first quarter of 2017 some industry analysts were looking to the second half of the year for the market to show any signs of stability. The transition to 3D NAND, being the main driver of the shortage, was going to start to ramp up and prices and availability would start to improve. But now, as we get close to the start of the second half, there are still big SSD vendors who haven’t completed the change-over and likely won’t until late summer.

GSA Showing Signs of Renewed Focus on TAA Compliance under Trump Administration

In February, 2017, President Donald J. Trump addressed a joint session of Congress for the first time and outlined his plan for a “new chapter of American greatness.” That plan included renewed emphasis on protecting United States labor and manufacturing and can be summarized in the words he repeated often: “Buy American and Hire American”. There is a significant likelihood that enforcement of requirements for domestic sourcing and content, including the Trade Agreements Act (TAA) (19 U.S.C. §§ 2501–2581) and the Buy American Act (BAA) (41 U.S.C. §§ 8301–8305) will be a priority of the Trump Administration.

SST Offers Federal Contractors Peace of Mind as TAA Compliance Gets Tougher

A recent Court of International Trade (CIT) decision signals changes on the horizon for suppliers of U.S. government products when those products are principally created overseas.

In Energizer Battery, Inc. v. United States, slip op. 16-116 (Ct. of Intl. Trade, Dec. 7, 2016), the CIT determined that military flashlights whose components were imported from China but whose assembly was carried out in Vermont were not "substantially transformed" under the Trade Agreements Act (TAA); thus, the "country of origin" was China and not the United States.

Memory Prices Climb to Multiyear Highs as Shortage Continues into 2017

DRAM Market Update

Personal computer memory prices have climbed to multiyear highs as chipmakers give priority to meeting demand from smartphone manufacturers, restricting the supply of memory chips for PCs. DRAM prices are now at a 19-month high.

The February price of 4-gigabit DDR4 DRAM, installed in many of this winter's new models, rose 3% from the prior month to around $3.30 apiece. The price of benchmark 4-gigabit DDR3 DRAM is around $3, remaining high after rising for eight straight months through January.

Why Choose Sole Source Technology Optical Network Transceivers?

It’s true that 3rd party optical network transceivers are an excellent alternative to OEM original hardware since they can save a significant amount of money, but it is also true that not all 3rd party transceivers are created equal. As an integral part of a mission critical networking environment, transceivers are the connecting point between sites and servers, and network uptime depends on their compatibility and durability. SST knows this and that understanding affects every step in our manufacturing and sourcing processes.

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