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Micron moves to second spot in DRAM space

Posted: 04 Jul 2012     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

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U.S.-based Micron Technology, with its planned purchase of bankrupt Japanese chipmaker Elpida Memory, will become world's second largest supplier of dynamic random access memory (DRAM), said the market research firm IHS.

Micron had been ranked the No.4 global DRAM supplier in the first quarter, with Rs.4,147.54 crore ($759 million) in revenue and a 12.2 per cent share of the market. The company placed behind top-ranked Samsung Electronics, Hynix Semiconductor (No.2), and Elpida (No.3).

But with the purchase of Elpida, Micron's revenue and market share in the first quarter would jump to Rs.8,196.72 crore ($1.5 billion) and 24.8 per cent, allowing Micron to edge out Hynix for the second position.


Worldwide DRAM Market Share Ranking in Q1 2012 (Percentage Share Based on Millions of US Dollars in Revenue)

"The purchase of Elpida represents a huge boost for Micron's status in the DRAM industry," said Mike Howard, senior principal analyst, DRAM & memory research, IHS.


Worldwide DRAM Market Share Ranking in Q1 2012, With Elpida/Micron Combined

"Micron will see its market share and DRAM manufacturing base nearly double as a result. Furthermore, Micron is gaining access to some excellent mobile DRAM technology, which should greatly improve its product portfolio. The Rs.13,661.20 crore ($2.5 billion) sale price is reasonable and shouldn't impact Micron's cash position adversely. It will likely take at least six months for the deal to close, but IHS expects a very quick transition and integration once it does."

Global DRAM industry revenue this year is forecast to reach Rs.1.67 lakh crore ($30.5 billion), up 3.3 per cent from Rs.1.62 lakh crore ($29.6 billion) in 2011. Although seemingly small, the revenue expansion for 2012 is a welcome development given the market's stunning 25 per cent contraction last year. The overall picture will continue to brighten during the next few years with DRAM revenue exceeding Rs.1.64 lakh crore ($30 billion) each year for the next five years and reaching Rs.2.13 lakh crore ($39 billion) in 2016.


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