Nanya Technology Corp (南亞科技) saw its share of the global mobile DRAM market grow in the fourth quarter of last year as the company assigned more resources to producing specialty memory chips amid the rising popularity of mobile devices, a research report said yesterday.
In the report, Taipei-based market researcher TrendForce Corp (集邦科技) said that Nanya Technology — a memorychip manufacturing arm of Formosa Plastics Group (台塑) — held 1.4 percent of the global mobile DRAM market in the fourth quarter with US$42 million in mobile DRAM revenue.
That was up from 0.9 percent in the third quarter of that year, when Nanya Technology generated US$31 million in revenue from mobile DRAM.
Winbond Electronics Corp (華邦電), another Taiwanese memorychip supplier, also saw its market share rise, climbing to 0.8 percent in the fourth quarter from 0.7 percent the previous quarter.
Although Nanya Technology and Winbond are the world’s fourth and fifth-largest mobile DRAM vendors respectively, their global market shares lag far behind those of the top three.
TrendForce said Samsung Electronics Co of South Korea won 48.9 percent of the world market in the fourth quarter last year, down from 51.3 percent in the third. South Korea’s SK Hynix Inc came in second, securing a 25.9 percent stake in the fourth quarter to beat Micron Technology Inc of the US, which took 23 percent.
TrendForce said Micron has a good chance to replace Hynix as the No. 2 mobile DRAM supplier after the US firm inked a deal to acquire Japan’s Elpida Memory Inc last year.