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Nanya still 4th-largest global mobile memory chip supplier

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Nanya Technology Corp. (南亞科技) retained the title of the fourth-largest mobile memory chip supplier in the world in the first quarter of this year, a research report said Friday.

In the report, DRAMeXchange, a DRAM chip research unit of Taiwan-based market information advisory firm TrendForce, said, however, that Nanya's global market share fell to 1.3 percent from 1.4 percent seen a quarter earlier.

The statistics show that the drop in the global market share was because revenue generated by Nanya's first-quarter mobile memory chip operations fell 8.1 percent from the fourth quarter to US$39 million.

Nanya is one of the DRAM manufacturing arms of the Formosa Plastics Group conglomerate.

Winbond Electronics (華邦電子), another Taiwanese DRAM maker, came in fifth with a market share of 1.0 percent, representing a rise from 0.8 percent from the fourth quarter, DRAMeXchange said. Winbond's global ranking was unchanged from a quarter ago.

During the three-month period, 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 position in first place, 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 seen in the previous quarter.

U.S.-based Micron Technology Inc. replaced South Korea's SK Hynix Inc. to become the second-largest mobile memory chip supplier in the world after the U.S. chip maker acquired Japan's Elpida Memory Inc. last year.

In the first quarter, Micron posted US$780 million in mobile memory chip sales, up 11.6 percent from a quarter earlier to grasp a 26.7-percent market share, which was a rise from 23 percent seen in the fourth quarter.

Hynix's mobile memory chip 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, global mobile memory chip 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 memory chip sales in the first quarter resulted from a 5-percent decline in the average selling price, DRAMeXchange said.

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

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