Samsung and SK Hynix Hold Almost 68% of Global Market
kpopluv, April 10, 2015, 9:38 a.m.
Samsung Electronics and SK Hynix accounted for a record combined share of 67.8 percent of the global DRAM market last year. DRAM, dynamic random access memory, is a semiconductor storage device that is mostly used in PCs and smartphones.
Samsung ranked first with 40.4 percent in the global DRAM market in 2014, followed by Hynix with 27.4 percent, according to U.S. market researcher IHS on Thursday. America's Micron Technology, which acquired Japan’s Elpida in 2012, took up 24.6 percent of the market. The three companies hold over 90 percent of the total DRAM market.
The two Korean companies' combined share reached an all-time high last year as both companies continued to secure their positions. The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy said the component and material industries posted a record trade surplus of US$26 billion in the first quarter of this year largely because they have retained their strong presence in the global market.