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Samsung leads eMMC, eMCP memory segment

Posted: 17 Jun 2014 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Samsung, Toshiba, SK Hynix, and SanDisk ranked among the top eMMC and eMCP vendors based on revenue listed by Gartner in its recent report.

Samsung Electronics led with around $3.317 billion or 35.6 per cent of worldwide revenue. Overall, the top four vendors accounted for 95.4 per cent revenue share in 2013, up from 90 per cent the previous year. Sales of eMCPs saw higher growth in 2013 than eMMCs. In the report, Gartner attributes this to the increased support of eMCPs by application vendors for low-cost smartphones.

Vendor revenue

Vendor revenue for eMMCs and eMCPs, worldwide, 2012-2013 (millions of dollars).

Officially known as JESD84-B50: Embedded MultiMediaCard (e.MMC), Electrical Standard (5.0), eMMC memory is a JEDEC standard that is currently in version 5.0. As JEDEC defines it, eMMC is an embedded non-volatile memory system that includes flash memory as well as a flash memory controller. The aim of the standard is to simplify the application interface design and free up the host processor from some of the low-level flash memory management tasks. About two years ago, we saw the introduction of embedded multi-chip package (eMCP) memory, which is eMMC memory with an additional DRAM module, developed for low-cost smartphones in an effort to speed time to market.

Memory systems position

Position of different mobile memory systems in relation to cost and speed. Source: Gartner

Gartner's principal analyst, Brady Wang, compiled the report. He found it surprising that sales of eMCPs saw higher growth in 2013. He also noted that 8LC (also known as 3bits-per-cell) NAND solutions for both eMMC and eMCP will see high adoption in 2014, both in smartphones and tablets. This will address the market demands for high levels of storage space while lowering costs.

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