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Nanya 4th largest DRAM supplier worldwide in Q2

TAIPEI--Nanya Technology Corp., one of Taiwan's leading dynamic random access memory (DRAM) chip makers, retained its spot in the second quarter as the fourth largest DRAM supplier in the world, according to a recently released research report.

In the report, Taipei-based market information advisory firm TrendForce Corp. said Nanya had sales of US$396 million during the April-June period, up 2.5 percent from a quarter earlier.

That translated to a 3.7 percent share of the global DRAM market, down from a 3.9 percent share seen in the first quarter, but its fourth-place ranking remained unchanged.

Winbond Electronics Corp. and Powerchip Technology Corp. of Taiwan came in fifth and sixth, respectively, in the second quarter with global market shares of 1.5 percent and 1 percent, TrendForce said.

In the April-June period, Winbond's sales rose 10.5 percent from a quarter earlier to US$166 million, while Powerchip's revenue grew 20.2 percent quarter-on-quarter to US$108 million.

The three Taiwanese firms trailed far behind the world's top three suppliers, Samsung Electronics Co. and SK Hynix Inc. of South Korea, and U.S.-based Micron Technology Inc., TrendForce's statistics showed.

In the second quarter, Samsung, the world's largest DRAM supplier, benefited from an improving yield rate in its 25 nanometer technology and rising contract prices to post US$4.24 billion in sales in the three-month period, up 20.1 percent from a quarter earlier.

Its market share rose to 39.1 percent in the second quarter from 35.5 percent in the first quarter.

Hynix grasped a 27.4 percent market share in the second quarter, down from 28.2 percent in the first quarter, even though its sales rose 6.2 percent in the quarter to US$2.97 billion.

Micron posted sales of US$2.73 billion in the second quarter, down 2 percent from a quarter earlier, and its market share fell to 25.2 percent from 28 percent.

In the second quarter, global DRAM sales rose 9 percent from a quarter earlier to US$10.8 billion, TrendForce said.

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