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Report shows mobile DRAM sales up 11% worldwide in Q2

Report shows mobile DRAM sales up 11% worldwide in Q2

Taipei, Aug. 14 (CNA) Worldwide sales of mobile dynamic random access memory (DRAM) chips rose about 11 percent in the second quarter of this year from a quarter earlier on solid demand for smartphones, a research report said Wednesday. There report, released by DRAMeXchange, a research division of Taipei-based TrendForce Corp., shows sales generated by mobile DRAM suppliers for the April-June period totaled US$2.891 billion, up from the US$2.601 billion recorded a quarter earlier. During the three month period, smartphone shipments rose 7 percent quarter-on-quarter to 222 million units, according to DRAMeXchange. Expectations of an approaching peak season in the third quarter further boosted mobile DRAM sales as buyers moved to increase their inventory, the report says. Mobile DRAM sales accounted for 34 percent of all DRAM revenue worldwide during the second quarter, it says. South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co. ranked as the largest mobile DRAM supplier during that period with sales of US$1.45 billion, little changed from the first quarter, according to the report. Samsung's market share fell, however, to 50.3 percent from the 55.8 percent recorded in the first quarter, while its South Korean rival SK Hynix Inc. saw its market share rise to 25.7 percent from 21.7 percent to become the world's second largest supplier, the report shows. SK Hynix's mobile DRAM sales rose 31.6 percent quarter-on-quarter to US$742 million as demand from Chinese smartphone vendors remained strong, it says. Meanwhile, Japan's Elpida Memory Inc. ranked third with a 19.3 percent market share in the second quarter. The company's sales totaled US$559 million, up 15.9 percent from a quarter earlier. U.S.-based Micron Technology Inc. came in fourth with US$99 million in sales, up 38.6 percent from a quarter earlier, to grab 3.4 percent of the market. A tiny slice of the world's mobile DRAM market was covered by Taiwanese suppliers targeting a nice market of small- and medium-scale Chinese smartphone brands, the report says. Winbond Electronics Corp., which generated US$30 million in mobile DRAM sales in the quarter, ranked as the market's fifth largest supplier with a 1 percent share, while Nanya Technology Corp. grew to 0.3 percent to become the world's sixth largest supplier. (By Jackson Chang and Frances Huang)


Updated : 2021-04-15 05:22 GMT+08:00