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Nanya still world No. 4, but market share falls

Staff writer, with CNA

Nanya Technology Corp (南亞科技) held its title as the world’s fourth-largest mobile memory chip supplier in the first quarter of the year, a research report said yesterday.

However, DRAMexchange — a DRAM chip research unit of Taiwan-based market information advisory firm TrendForce Corp (集邦科技) — said that Nanya’s global market share fell to 1.3 percent from 1.4 percent a quarter earlier.

Revenue generated by Nanya’s first-quarter mobile memorychip operations fell 8.1 percent from the fourth quarter to US$39 million, DRAMexchange said.

Nanya is a DRAM manufacturing arm of the Formosa Plastics Group (台塑集團) conglomerate.

Winbond Electronics (華邦電), another Taiwanese DRAM maker, came fifth with a market share of 1 percent, a rise from 0.8 percent in the fourth quarter, DRAMexchange said. Winbond’s global ranking was unchanged from the previous quarter.

Winbond’s mobile memory sales rose 12.2 percent year-on-year to US$28 million, the research group said.

Samsung Electronics Co of South Korea retained its first-place position, posting US$1.34 billion in sales, a fall of 9.8 percent from a quarter earlier. Its market share fell to 46 percent from 48.9 percent in the previous quarter.

US-based Micron Technology Inc replaced South Korea’s SK Hynix Inc as the world’s second-largest mobile memorychip supplier after Micron acquired Japan’s Elpida Memory Inc last year.

In the first quarter, Micron posted US$780 million in mobile memorychip sales, up 11.6 percent from a quarter earlier to take a 26.7 percent market share, an increase from 23 percent in the fourth quarter.

Hynix’s mobile memorychip sales for the first quarter fell 7.6 percent from a quarter earlier to US$728 million.

The South Korean firm took a 25 percent share in the market in the first quarter, down from 25.9 percent in the fourth quarter.

In the first quarter, overall global mobile memorychip sales fell 4.1 percent from the fourth quarter to US$2.92 billion, accounting for 29.3 percent of the total revenue in the DRAM business.

The fall in mobile memorychip sales in the first quarter was caused by a 5 percent decline in average selling prices, DRAMexchange said.

However, the research group said that with smartphone shipments for the second quarter expected to rise 8.6 percent sequentially, mobile memorychip sales are likely to pick up accordingly.

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