Japan Earthquake: Notebook Makers Concerned About Battery Cell, MLCC, DRAM Supplies

Tuesday Mar 15th 2011 by Datamation.com Staff

Prices could rise for key electronic components.

DigiTimes: In the wake of the major earthquake that rocked Japan, laptop makers say that supplies of notebook battery cells and MLCCs were both affected and that DRAM prices have already begun to rise. For now, most manufacturers say they have enough parts to continue production, but if power outages in Japan continue, it could eventually impact PC makers' ability to ship new units. Battery shortages seem particularly likely as Japanese companies Sony, Sanyo and Panasonic are the only major suppliers.

In addition, PC makers are considering the impact the earthquake may have on Japanese demand for new systems and are adjusting their shipment plans.

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