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Graphics Memory Faces Slower Growth Compared to Overall DRAM MarketNovember 10, 2010The accelerated trend in the PC market toward integrating graphics capabilities into the Central Processing Unit (CPU) will have a negative impact on graphics-oriented memory, causing its share of the overall DRAM market to decline during the next few years, according to the market research firm iSuppli Corp.
A specialty segment of the larger DRAM market, the graphics memory industry is projected to grow only slightly at the beginning of next year, despite its relative insulation from the more disruptive fluctuations of the commodity memory market. Graphics in the first quarter of 2011 will make up 5 percent of the overall market for memory.
Shipments of NAND Flash in Tablets to Triple in 2011September 20, 2010
Driven by the massive success of Apple Inc.’s iPad and the arrival of a range of competing devices, the use of NAND flash memory in tablets will triple from 2010 to 2011, according to the market research firm iSuppli Corp.
Shipments of NAND flash for tablet devices are projected to reach 1.7 billion Gigabytes (GB) next year, up a phenomenal 296.1 percent from 428 million GB in 2010. The shipments will continue to climb steadily over the next few years, hitting 8.8 billion GB by 2014.
“Tablets have stolen some cachet from netbooks,” said Michael Yang, senior analyst for memory and storage at iSuppli. “And while the tablet segment suffers from some of the same weaknesses as netbooks, devices like the iPad have wowed consumers with their responsiveness and media interaction—due in part to the use of NAND flash for data storage, instead of a traditional hard disk drive.”
DRAM Production Costs Rise in Q2September 14, 2010The cost of manufacturing DRAM increased for the first time in nearly four years during the second quarter, raising concerns about production expenses in the memory industry, according to the market research firm iSuppli Corp.
The average production cost for DRAM rose to $2.03 per gigabit at the second quarter of 2010, up from $2.00 in the first quarter, iSuppli’s memory pricing and forecasts indicate. While the increase represents a mere 1.2 percent upswing, it signifies a major departure from the historical trend, which has seen manufacturing costs decline by an average of 9.2 percent every quarter since the beginning of 2005. The last time DRAM production costs climbed on a sequential basis was in the third quarter of 2006.
Samsung Expands Lead in DRAM Market in Q2 as Industry Sales BoomAugust 20, 2010Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.’s aggressive investment in advanced manufacturing technology paid off in spades in the second quarter, allowing the company to outproduce competitors and expand its lead in the global DRAM technology market, according to the semiconductor market research firm iSuppli Corp. With revenue of $3.8 billion in the second quarter, Samsung’s DRAM revenue expanded by 24.3 percent from $3.1 billion in the first quarter, the highest...
Will $1 Per Gigabyte NAND Resuscitate Solid State Drives?August 19, 2010After two years of inflated prices, NAND flash memory at the end of 2010 is set to return to the key $1 per megabyte level considered a key threshold to drive adoption of Solid State Drives (SSD), but the cost reduction may come too late to help the struggling SSD market, according to the market research firm iSuppli Corp.
Pricing for 1Gbyte of 3-bit per cell (TLC) NAND flash memory will average $1.20 for the entire fourth quarter and then decline to $1.00 at the end of the year.
DRAM at Risk of Shortage in Second HalfAugust 09, 2010The high-flying DRAM market might bump into some turbulence during the second half of the year, with supplies possibly falling short of demand due to limited manufacturing equipment availability and challenges in process migrations, according to market research firm iSuppli.
“A commodity profoundly susceptible to the variable dynamics of supply and demand, DRAM is expected to ship 15.9 billion 1Gbit-equivalent units in 2010, up 48.6 percent from 10.7 billion units last year,” said Mike Howard, senior analyst for DRAM at iSuppli.
Micron Cashes in on Cell Phone Memory Business with Numonyx AcquisitionJuly 23, 2010Micron Technology Inc.’s acquisition of NOR flash technology, arising from the February purchase of Numonyx, will allow the company to expand its presence in the burgeoning market for memory for cell phones and better position the American player to compete with dominant supplier Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., according to iSuppli Corp. Global mobile memory revenue, consisting of NAND flash, NOR flash and mobile DRAM used in cell phones, is expected to rise to $10.2 billion...
Hot NAND Flash Market Suffers Growth Hiccup in the Second QuarterJuly 15, 2010A severe oversupply of 3-bit-per-cell parts used for removable memory cards and USB drives caused a temporary interruption of growth in the red-hot NAND-type flash memory market in the second quarter, according to iSuppli Corp.
After five consecutive quarters of sequential expansion due to strong demand and short supplies, global revenue from shipments of NAND-type flash memory declined to $4.1 billion in the second quarter, down 6.5 percent from $4.3 billion in the first quarter. After the second quarter dip, however, the NAND flash market is set to return to sequential growth for the next five quarters.
Taiwan’s Powerchip Surges in First-Quarter DRAM RankingJune 17, 2010In a strong first quarter for DRAM sales, Powerchip Semiconductor posted a standout performance that caused the Taiwanese firm to rise to the No. 5 ranking in the market, according to iSuppli Corp.
Powerchip in the first quarter sold $432 million worth of DRAM, up 80.8 percent from $239 million in the fourth quarter of 2009, and an astounding increase of 1,068 percent from $37 million a year earlier in the first quarter of 2009. This marked the strongest performance of all DRAM suppliers ranked by iSuppli in the first quarter and far exceeded the total industry’s performance. Global DRAM revenue rose by 8.8 percent in the first quarter compared to the fourth quarter, and by 178.1 percent from a year earlier.
Powerchip’s revenue has increased nearly 60 percent during each of the last three quarters.
Western Digital Takes Top Spot in Hard Drive ShipmentsJune 01, 2010Ending its perpetual encampment in second place, Western Digital Corp. in the first quarter of 2010 shipped the most Hard Disk Drives (HDD) of any storage supplier, surpassing arch nemesis Seagate Technology for the first time ever on a quarterly basis, according to iSuppli Corp.
Western Digital shipped a record 51.1 million HDDs during the period, up 3.2 percent from 49.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2009. In comparison, Seagate’s HDD shipments amounted to 50.3 million units in the first quarter of 2010, up 0.8 percent from 49.9 million during the previous quarter.
While Western Digital’s remarkable feat succeeded in finally ending the long-running perch at the top for its rival in terms of shipments, Seagate continued to lead on the revenue front at $3.1 billion, compared to Western Digital’s $2.64 billion, iSuppli data show.
Toshiba Gains on Samsung in Booming NAND Flash MarketMay 19, 2010Amid strong demand and solid pricing for NAND flash memory in the first quarter, No. 2 supplier Toshiba Corp. managed to outperform the market and close the gap with industry leader Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., according to a preliminary ranking from iSuppli Corp.
Global NAND flash revenue rose to $4.36 billion in the first quarter, up 0.6 percent from $4.33 billion during the fourth quarter. This mild increase actually represented a strong performance in the seasonally slow first quarter of the year, when sales typically decline by a double-digit percentage on a sequential basis.
NOR Flash Revenue Set to Grow in 2010 after DownturnMay 14, 2010Buoyed by improved demand and a brightening macroeconomic environment, NOR flash memory market revenue is projected to return to growth in 2010, according to iSuppli Corp.
Reversing the market’s slump of the past year from the worldwide economic downturn, revenue for NOR flash memory is projected to climb a modest but encouraging 4.2 percent, rising to $4.8 billion this year from $4.6 billion in 2009.
DRAM Growth Approaches Record Territory, Setting Stage for Best Year EverMay 10, 2010How hot was the DRAM market in the first quarter?
So hot that during the first three months of 2010, global DRAM sales exceeded the total for the initial six months of 2009.
So hot that the first quarter delivered the third highest quarterly DRAM revenue seen during the past 11 years.
So hot that DRAM pricing actually rose in the first quarter compared to the fourth quarter of 2009, defying the normal double-digit seasonal decline.
DRAM Market Recovers to End 2009 in TriumphMay 04, 2010The volatile DRAM market lurched from one extreme to another in 2009, but in the fourth quarter overcame market sluggishness at the beginning of last year to finish on a high note, with the industry achieving profitability for the first time since 2007, according to iSuppli Corp.
Following a revenue low in the first quarter of 2009 not seen since 2001, the DRAM industry ended the fourth quarter at $8.7 billion, up a mighty 43 percent from $6.1 billion in the earlier quarter, said Mike Howard, iSuppli senior analyst for DRAM. Such an outcome was enough to qualify the period in consideration as among the Top 5 quarters of the last decade, he added.
iSuppli Issues Fast Facts on Seagate’s EarningsApril 20, 2010To support media coverage of Seagate Technology LLC’s announcement of its fiscal third quarter results today, iSuppli Corp. is issuing the following fast facts:
Seagate in the fourth calendar quarter of 2009 maintained its ranking as the world’s largest manufacturer of Hard Disk Drives (HDD), fending off a strong challenge by perennially second-ranked Western Digital Corp.
Shipping approximately 49.9 million HDD units in the fourth calendar quarter of 2009—up 8 percent from third-quarter levels of 46.3 million—Seagate controlled 31 percent of the market. Revenue rose 14 percent to $3.03 billion in the fourth quarter, up from $2.66 billion in the third, translating into a 34 percent share of market. "The tenacious hold at the top for Seagate surprised many observers who thought Western Digital would bypass its primary competitor in the fourth quarter of last year...
Mobile Memory Consolidations Highlight Growing Importance of Mobile PlatformsApril 01, 2010Recent acquisitions by DRAM suppliers Elpida and Micron illustrate the increasing importance suppliers are placing on offering a complete portfolio of memory products in order to address the rapidly growing smart-phone market, according to iSuppli Corp.
The average amount of DRAM used in smart phones is set to rise by more than a factor of 10 during the coming years, growing to 1.3Gbytes by 2014, up from 123Mbytes in 2009.
Seagate Maintains Top Ranking in Hard Disk Drive Market in Q4March 22, 2010Seagate Technology LLC in the fourth quarter of 2009 maintained its perch at the top as the world’s largest manufacturer of Hard Disk Drives (HDD), fending off a strong challenge by perennial second-ranked Western Digital Corp. Shipping approximately 49.9 million HDD units—up 8 percent from third-quarter levels of 46.3 million—Seagate in the last quarter of 2009 controlled 31 percent of the market. Revenue rose 14 percent to $3.03 billion in the fourth quarter, up from $2.66 billion in the third, translating into a 34 percent share of market. All told, those numbers were enough to keep Seagate, nominally based in the Cayman Islands with a large operational office in Scotts Valley, Calif., in the No. 1 position in both shipment and revenue share of the HDD market in the fourth quarter of 2009. “The tenacious hold at the top for Seagate surprised many observers who thought Western Digital would bypass its primary competitor in the fourth quarter of last year,” said Fang Zhang, analyst f
Computer Storage Market Returns to Growth in 2010March 11, 2010After suffering a decline 2009, global revenue from shipments of Hard Disk Drives (HDDs) and Optical Disk Drives (ODDs) used in computers is expected to grow in 2010 as PC shipments rise on the strength of the economic recovery, according to iSuppli Corp. Worldwide revenue from shipments of HDDs used in computer applications is expected to amount to $27.7 billion in 2010, up 18.4 percent from $23.4 billion in 2009. Computer-oriented ODD revenue will increase to $14.8 billion in 2010, up 7.6 percent from $13.7 billion in 2009. In comparison, computer-oriented HDD revenue declined by 11.7 percent in 2009, while that of ODD decreased by 6.3 percent. “The 2010 economic recovery will bring rising sales of PCs,” said Fang Zhang, analyst for storage systems at iSuppli. “The notebook sector is expected to be particularly strong, with shipments outgrowing those of desktops. This will drive the robust increase in HDD shipments.” Other factors contributing to the rise in demand in 2010 include
Numonyx and Macronix Heat Up NOR Flash Memory Market in Q4February 25, 2010The economic recovery has translated into a sales rebound for the long-suffering NOR-type flash memory market, similar to the momentum the overall memory market is enjoying, according to iSuppli Corp. Overall NOR revenue in the fourth quarter of 2009 amounted to $1.23 billion, up 0.7 percent from $1.22 billion in the third quarter. “This marks the third consecutive quarter of sequential growth for the market, after revenue dipped to less than $1 billion during the dismal first three months of 2009,” said Michael Yang...
Global DRAM Revenue to Soar by 40 Percent in 2010February 18, 2010Following a strong fourth quarter of 2009, the global DRAM business is set to return to annual revenue growth in 2010, bringing an end to three consecutive years of decline, according to iSuppli Corp. iSuppli's preliminary forecast calls for global DRAM revenue to rise to $31.9 billion in 2010, up a whopping 40.4 percent from $22.7 billion in 2009. This follows declines of 3.7 percent in 2009, 25.1 percent in 2008 and 7.5 percent in 2007. “This year will build on the momentum built up in the fourth quarter of 2009...