Amid a global semiconductor chip shortage, the price of memory chips for personal computers has risen sharply.
According to market researcher TrendForce on Friday, the contract price of 8-gigabit DDR4 DRAM chips, the type widely used in personal computers, is 3 U.S. dollars 80 cents in April a 26 percent increase from the previous month.
That is the biggest monthly increase since January 2017 when prices spiked nearly 36 percent.
The contract price had stayed almost flat since rising 5 percent in January.
But, prices jumped as chipmakers and major computer manufacturers began negotiating for the second quarter.
TrendForce say that working from home and online learning amid the pandemic is expected to increase demand for personal computers.