Nanya Technology Corp (南亞科技), the nation’s biggest PC DRAM maker, yesterday said revenue rose 0.3 percent last month, hitting its highest level in a year, helped by higher chip prices.
Revenue rose to NT$3.42 billion (US$114 million) last month, compared with NT$3.41 billion in April, Nanya Technology said in a press release. That represented a year-on-year drop of 12.7 percent from NT$3.92 billion in the same period last year.
Nanya spokesman Pai Pei-lin (白培霖) attributed the monthly increase to higher chip prices, which rose 3 percent last month from the previous month.
Looking ahead, Pai said by telephone that “June revenue will be even higher and there is a chance prices will climb further.”
Inotera Memories Inc (華亞科技), a PC DRAM joint venture between Nanya Technology and US memory chipmaker Micron Technology Inc, said revenue expanded 9.7 percent month-on-month to NT$3.29 billion last month. That was a 10.3 percent decrease from NT$3.67 billion in May last year.
Memorychip maker Powerchip Technology Corp (力晶科技) yesterday said revenue grew 13.4 percent last month to NT$2.58 billion from April’s NT$2.27 billion, because of a price increase of PC DRAM chips and growing demand for its driver ICs ahead of sales of new tablets and smartphones in the second half of this year.
Year-on-year, Powerchip’s revenue last month plunged 37 percent from NT$4.07 billion.
A company spokesman expected PC DRAM chip prices to rise in the second half as Intel’s new Ivy Bridge chip and Microsoft’s Windows 8 are expected to spur PC replacement demand.