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Taiwan vendor recovers in Q1 DRAM rankings

Posted: 22 Jun 2010     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:DRAM ranking  memory market  DRAM 

While South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd and Hynix Semiconductor Inc. together cornered over 50 per cent of the DRAM market in the first quarter this year, the big surprise came from Taiwan's Powerchip Semiconductor Corp., according to the rankings from iSuppli Corp.

At one time, Powerchip was on the ropes. But amid the upturn, the company's revenue has increased nearly 60 per cent during each of the last three quarters. This caused the company's ranking to rise from sixth place in Q4 09 and from ninth in Q1 09 to fifth place in Q1 '10, according to iSuppli.

Powerchip in Q1 10 sold Rs.1,983.11 crore ($432 million) worth of DRAM, up 80.8 per cent from Rs.1,097.14 crore ($239 million) in Q4 09, and an increase of 1,068 per cent from Rs.169.85 crore ($37 million) a year earlier in Q1 09, according to the firm.

In total, DRAM revenue rose by 8.8 per cent in Q1 09 compared to Q4 09, and by 178.1 per cent from a year earlier.

With 33 per cent share, Samsung remained in the first position in the market. The company's DRAM revenue in Q1 10 amounted to Rs.14,092.94 crore ($3.07 billion), up 10 per cent from Rs.12,807.59 crore ($2.79 billion) in Q4 09, and up 169.3 per cent from year-ago revenue of Rs.5,233.21 crore ($1.14 billion), according to iSuppli.

In second place was Hynix, with revenue for the same period reaching Rs.9,410.59 crore ($2.05 billion), up 8.5 per cent from Rs.8,676.11 crore ($1.89 billion) in Q4 09. The company's revenue for Q1 10 also reflects a 188.7 per cent leap from a mere Rs.3,286.82 crore ($716 million) during the same time a year ago in 2009, according to the firm.

The rest of the Top 5 included Japan-based Elpida Memory Inc., with a 17 per cent market share; Micron Technology of the United States, with a 15 per cent share; and Powerchip Semiconductor, with a 5 per cent market share, according to the firm.

Taiwan's Nanya fell to No. 6 in Q1 10 and had roughly 4 per cent market share.

Top 5 Q1 DRAM suppliers (Click on image to enlarge.)

- Mark LaPedus
EE Times





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