It seems most technology gets cheaper instead of more costly. Bu,t due to supply and demand, it sometimes goes the other way. This could be the case with notebook computers due to the tight supply of printed circuit boards or PCBs. They are the simple foundation of electronics today, including computers.
Two of the major PCB manufacturers, Unimicron Technology and Global Brands Manufacture (GBM) are raising their prices due to an increase in the costs of raw materials. A third company, Gold Circuit Electronics, is likely going to follow suit because of a slow down in available supplies, all this according to Digitimes.
The slow down should affect prices through the third or fourth quarter of 2010, according to Yeu-Yuh Chu, president of GBM. The company is ramping up production to meet the demand, but it will take some time.
If you are planning to get a new notebook computer, you may not want to wait too long.