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Global DRAM Industry Analysis and Outlook-3Q12

2012/08/22

DRAM , Notebook Computers , Smartphones , Tablets

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As a result of strong smartphone shipments worldwide and the rise of tablet PCs, mobile DRAM demand grew significantly in 2Q12. While mobile DRAM contract price fell by approximately 10% in 1Q12, total mobile DRAM revenue unexpectedly climbed 12.4%. As for 2Q market share, Samsung remained in the lead with nearly 60% of the global mobile memory market, putting the Korean manufacturers’ combined market share at 77.5%, a 1.1% QoQ decrease. Third-place maker Elpida’s market share fell by 0.8% QoQ to 13.9%, while Micron, benefitting from low to mid-end smartphone growth, came in fourth as its market share climbed to 6.7%...

Global NAND Flash Industry Analysis and Outlook-2Q12

2012/05/18

NAND Flash , Notebook Computers , Smartphones , Tablets

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Affected by the uncertainty of global economic recovery, NAND flash suppliers are conservative towards the 1H12 market. Therefore, suppliers’ bit growth comes mainly from process technology migration in 2012. Reducing the supply and demand gap and strengthening cost competitiveness will lower the impact of price decline to profitability, and makers will continue phasing out 200mm wafer equipment in 2012...

Global DRAM Industry Analysis and Outlook-2Q12

2012/05/18

DRAM , Notebook Computers , Smartphones , Tablets

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On May 8, Elpida revealed Micron as the winner of bidding for the right to negotiate exclusively to buy the Japanese DRAM maker. Three major DRAM teams are emerging in the industry - after Micron and Elpida have integrated, their combined market share will bring the Micron team’s figure (Micron, Inotera, Elpida, and Rexchip) to nearly 24%, surpassing SK Hynix’s 23.9% to become second only to memory giant Samsung.The tri-national alliance will combine the strengths of each – Micron’s flash products, Elpida’s mobile DRAM, and the Taiwanese makers’ manufacturing skills – presenting a formidable opponent to the Korean heavyweights. The DRAM industry is officially headed towards becoming an oligopolistic market with three major players dominating the industry. This will help DRAM chip price gradually return to a healthy state, and the competitive price-slashing will be a thing of the past...

Ultrabook Concept to Spur PC Upgrades in 2H12, May Spark Next Corporate Refresh

2012/03/20

DRAM , Notebook Computers

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In June 2011, Intel’s Executive Vice President Sean Maloney introduced the chipmaker’s new Ultrabook concept at the annual Computex tradeshow in Taipei, revealing the chipmaker’s future plans for notebook product design. Intel asserted that Ultrabooks would bring about a new user experience with features such as “Always On, Always Connected” (AOAC), thin and light form factor, over 10 hours of battery life, ample performance, etc...