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DRAM sales up 16.2% in Q4

Posted: 06 Feb 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:DRAM? DRAMeXchange? DDR2? DRAM? memory device?

Sales revenue of global DRAM makers in Q4 grew 16.2 percent q-o-q, according to market research firm DRAMeXchange. Supply in the DRAM contract market remained tight. Mainstream DDR2 contract price spurred the increase in sales.

In terms of revenue per region, DRAM makers in Korea lead the segment by capturing 44.6 percent of global DRAM market share. DRAM makers in Taiwan ranked second with 17.8 percent market share, down 19.5 percent in a quarter-ago period. Many of the newly operational fabs in 2H '06 were located in Taiwan. However, companies in the area experienced a slide in their market share for Q4, as the increased output was sold to their respective strategic partners. Moreover, Germany ranked third with 14.3 percent market share, followed by the United States with 12.1 percent and Japan with 11.2 percent.

Samsung Electronics posted the highest sales in the segment with a market share of 24.9 percent, followed by Hynix Semiconductor with 19.8 percent and Qimonda AG with 14.3 percent (Table 1). For Hynix, the employment of its 80nm manufacturing process and production ramp up from its 12inch fab in Wuxi, China boosted its q-o-q revenue growth to 45 percent, the highest in the quarter.

Currently, there is a market shake-up in the DRAM sector, reports DRAMeXchange. Driving this is a slew of alliances between DRAM companies as well companies allocating resources to build their own 12inch fabs.

Joint ventures such as those of Hynix and Promos Technologies, Elpida Memory Inc. and Powerchip Semiconductor Corp. and Qimonda and Nanya Technology Corp. are starting to squeeze Samsung's market share, reports DRAMeXchange. Micron Technology Inc., which has a high ratio of 8inch fabs, is also having a declining market share. From its 20 percent share in 2005, it went down to 11 percent in Q4 06, according to DRAMeXchange.

Meanwhile, from 23 in 2006, it is projected that the number of 12inch fabs will reach 27 this year, as market players plan more fab construction to increase their segment share.

DRAM Revenue 2006




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