Nanya Technology Corp (南亞科技), a Taiwan-based DRAM chipmaker, remained the world’s fifth-largest supplier of the chips in the fourth quarter of last year, according to a report released yesterday.
According to the report released by DRAMeXchange, a research division of market advisory firm TrendForce Corp (集邦科技), Nanya’s share of the global DRAM market stood at 3.6 percent, down slightly from 3.7 percent recorded in the previous quarter.
The report said Nanya reported a 4.9 percent decline in sales for the fourth quarter from the previous quarter to US$232 million (NT$6.84 billion).
In the fourth quarter, total global DRAM sales fell 1.7 percent from the previous quarter to US$6.45 billion, the report said.
The average contract price of DDR3 4-gigabit DRAM chips fell as much as 25 percent in the fourth quarter from the third quarter, while the prices of memory chips used in smartphones and tablet computers dropped just 10 percent.
As a result, DRAMeXchange said, first-tier DRAM makers have reduced their standard DRAM production to less than 50 percent of their total production to strengthen their bottom lines.
In the fourth quarter, Samsung Electronics Co of South Korea took a 44.3 percent share of the global DRAM market, positioning the company as the largest supplier, followed by Hynix Semiconductor Inc, also of South Korea, with a 23.3 percent global market share. US-based Micron Technology Inc was the third-ranked DRAM supplier, with a 12.1 percent market share ahead of Japan’s Elpida Memory Inc, with a market share of 12 percent.