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South Korea makers sustain lion's share of DRAM market

Posted: 11 Aug 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share


Source: Gartner (Click on image to enlarge.)

South Korea makers Samsung Electronics and Hynix together accounted for more than 56 percent of the global DRAM market in Q2 2010, with Samsung taking a strong lead at 35.3 percent and Hynix a distant second at 20.9 percent.

''Samsung Electronics strengthened its position due to strong bit growth, taking its share of the market to just over 35 percent, almost its highest market share ever. Other major vendors saw only slight changes to their share,'' said Andrew Norwood, an analyst with Gartner, in a report.

The two makers were followed in order by Elpida, Micron, Nanya, Powerchip, ProMOS and Winbond.

''Further down the rankings, Nanya Technology recaptured the No. 5 position it had lost the previous quarter to Taiwanese rival Powerchip Technology. This was because of a sharp drop in Powerchip's branded DRAM sales as the company adjusted its foundry relationship in 2Q10 that it has with Elpida, increasing shipments to the Japanese company,'' Norwood said. (In order not to double count industry revenue, Gartner tracks branded DRAM sales and excludes these foundry sales.)

Overall DRAM market revenue was up 12.6 percent quarter over quarter to $10.7 billion and up 135 percent compared with the same period last year, according to Gartner. This is the highest quarterly revenue since the end of 2006 and the fourth highest quarterly revenue the industry has seen since Gartner started to track the DRAM industry in 1974.

- Mark LaPedus
EE Times

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