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Global DRAM sales increase 6.9 percent in fourth quarter

TAIPEI--Sales in the global dynamic random access memory (DRAM) sector for the fourth quarter of last year rose 6.9 percent from the third quarter on higher product prices, a research report said yesterday.

In the report, DRAMeXchange, a research arm of Taiwan-based market information advisory firm TrendForce, said product prices had risen in the quarter due to the increasing efforts of first-tier DRAM makers to shift to the production of more expensive specialty DRAMs, while lowering commodity DRAM manufacturing.

Specialty DRAMs refer to the chips largely used in mobile devices and servers, while commodity DRAMs are the chips mainly used in personal computers, which have suffered sluggish market conditions.

In addition, demand for mobile communications gadgets in China had risen during the three-month period, pushing up DRAM prices sharply, DRAMeXchange said.

In the fourth quarter, the price of the benchmark DDR3 2Gb DRAM on the spot market rose almost 30 percent from the third quarter. At the same time, contract prices also staged a rebound.

According to the report, revenue of the global DRAM industry in the October-December period totaled US$6.87 billion (NT$203.4 billion), up from the US$6.43 billion recorded in the third quarter.

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