Mining Players Nvidia And Samsung Still In Record Profit Despite Crypto Weakness

Tech giant Samsung expects overall profits to continue into Q4 despite a noted glut on the market for memory components used in cryptocurrency mining, among other uses. This comes after a collapse in demand for crypto-specific mining gear earlier this year, as prices for crypto-assets plunged.

Prices for Dynamic Random Access Memory, or DRAM, a key component in the production of graphics cards, have probably peaked, says a source quoted by the Financial Times (FT) of London. Prices for DRAM have already risen 48% from the start of the year and may rise further in Q3, but are expected to fall starting in Q4.

Samsung is expected to cut production of the chips to stabilize any fall in price. Micron, the large US manufacturer of DRAM chips, faced a “plunge” in its stock price in Q3 as it struggled to move its DRAM stock.

Nvidia, known for manufacturing graphics cards, has seen record profits despite declining demand for cryptocurrency miners. A fifth of Nvidia’s revenue now comes from producing “modified graphics chips” for data centers, which support the use of AI to process voice and facial recognition data, according to Bloomberg.

“China imports more semiconductors than crude oil”

It is not perfectly clear how much this general decline in DRAM prices has to do with the overall weak demand for graphics card. A Chinese official recently intimated that the DRAM market, which is “highly concentrated” between two Korean companies (Samsung and SK Hynix) and one American company (Micron), could be suffering from “price fixing”.

China, aspiring in future to be DRAM self-sufficient, is now heavily dependant upon imports to satisfy its DRAM need. Although Chinese production of the chips has started to pick up, “their production capacities are not high, they are not expected to become viable competitors for [foreign companies] in terms of volumes, production efficiencies, or performance any time soon.”

 

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Coinbase Quietly Pulls the Plug on Its Cryptocurrency Bundle Product

Francisco Memoria

The San Francisco-based cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase has quietly pulled the plug on its Bundle product, which allowed users to buy a basket of cryptocurrencies with fiat.

According to an update on its FAQ page, the cryptocurrency exchange “deprecated” the Coinbase Bundle product, and all assets in it have been “redistributed to their respective individual asset wallets.”

The move, first spotted by Crypto Briefing, is believed to have been made because the product wasn’t a profitable one. Coinbase Bundle was launched back in September of last year to make it easier for investors to gain exposure to the cryptocurrency ecosystem, through a weighted basket of the cryptocurrencies the company then offered.

This means users could use a small amount of fiat to buy bitcoin, litecoin, ethereum, bitcoin cash, and ethereum classic at once. Per the exchange itself, the bundle’s purpose was to “make buying more convenient and less overwhelming.”

At the time, the exchange also launched other features: Coinbase Learn and new asset pages.

The timing was off, however, as the product was launched during the bear market that saw the price of most cryptocurrencies drop well over 80%. Images shared on social media in December of 2018, when bitcoin hit its $3,200 low, showed investing $100 on Coinbase would’ve led to significant losses only a few months later.

As covered, Coinbase recently launched a service offering its users four free exclusive “trading signals,” in a bid to help its customers “independently create and manage their own crypto strategy.”

It’s worth noting Abra, a digital asset exchange and wallet provider,  launched a product packaging various cryptocurrencies into one at about the same time Coinbase launched its Bundle product. Abra’s product is its BIT10 token.