US-based Micron Technology Inc was ranked as third-largest NAND flash supplier in the world in the fourth quarter of last year, replacing South Korea’s SK Hynix Inc, a research report said yesterday.
Taipei-based market information firm TrendForce Corp (集邦科技) said Hynix suffered a loss of production capacity after a fire at its plant in Wuxi, China, in September last year.
In the October-December period last year, Micron’s sales generated by its NAND flash operations rose 9.7 percent from a quarter earlier to US$957 million, while Hynix’s NAND flash revenue for the fourth quarter fell 17 percent to US$730 million.
Micron’s global market share for the fourth quarter rose to 15.5 percent from the third quarter’s 11.1 percent, while Hynix’s market share fell to 11.8 percent from 14.1 percent.
South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co retained its title as the world’s largest NAND flash maker in the fourth quarter, with a market share of 39.8 percent, compared with 38.4 percent in the third quarter. Samsung’s NAND flash revenue for the fourth quarter rose 1.8 percent from the third quarter to US$2.46 billion.
Toshiba Corp of Japan was ranked second, with a 25 percent market share in the fourth quarter, down from the third quarter’s 28.9 percent. Its NAND flash sales for the October-December period fell 15 percent from a quarter earlier to US$1.54 billion.