DRAM revenues forecast to continue growth
December 9, 2013, 12:02 am TWN
TAIPEI--Revenues from the sales of dynamic random access memory (DRAM) chips will not only rebound in 2013, but also continue their growth next year on the back of rising smartphone and tablet sales, according to a local market information advisory firm.
The value of DRAM chip production is expected to increase 32.5 percent from one year ago to US$35.2 billion this year, after contracting 24.6 percent and 9.8 percent in 2011 and 2012, respectively, TrendForce said in a recent research note.
The DRAM industry is expected to continue its revitalization in 2014, TrendForce forecast, adding that the industry's output value has taken a turn for the better and is slowly recovering, amid supply-demand shifts and rising sale prices.
It is believed these trends will continue next year and fuel a 12-percent growth in the global DRAM market to US$39.5 billion in 2014.
In addition, mobile DRAM will become a mainstream product due, in part, to the rising sales of smartphones and tablets, TrendForce said, projecting that mobile DRAM will account for nearly 36 percent of the total DRAM output market, while the market share of traditional DRAM for personal computers will only be 30 percent in 2014.