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Global market share of Nanya's mobile DRAM grows in fourth quarter

TAIPEI--Nanya Technology Corp. (南亞科) saw its global market share of mobile DRAM grow in the fourth quarter of last year as the company assigned more resources to churning out specialty memory chips amid the rising popularity of mobile devices, a research report said Thursday.

In the report, Taipei-based market information advisory firm TrendForce Corp. said Nanya Technology, a memory chip manufacturing arm of conglomerate Formosa Plastics Group, took a 1.4-percent share of the global mobile DRAM business in the fourth quarter, up from 0.9 percent in the third quarter.

The global market share of Winbond Electronics Corp. (華邦電子), another Taiwanese memory chip supplier, also rose to 0.8 percent in the fourth quarter, a rise from 0.7 percent in the previous quarter.

Although Nanya Technology and Winbond were the world's fourth- and fifth-largest mobile DRAM vendors, respectively, their global shares were far behind their counterparts in the world market.

According to TrendForce, Samsung Electronics Co. of South Korea won a 48.9 percent share of the global mobile DRAM market in the fourth quarter, down from 51.3 percent recorded in the third quarter.

South Korea-based SK Hynix Inc. came in second, securing a 25.9 percent share in the fourth quarter, up from 25.0 percent in the third quarter and ahead of Micron Technology Inc. of the United States, which took a 23 percent market share.

TrendForce said Micron has a good opportunity to replace Hynix as the world's second-largest mobile DRAM supplier after the U.S. firm completed a deal to acquire Japan's Elpida Memory Inc. last year.

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