DRAMeXchange, a division of TrendForce, reports that DRAM suppliers have in turn completed their 3Q18 contract negotiations with their clients this July. In the specialty DRAM market, prices have not changed noticeably between June and July. Looking ahead to 3Q18, DRAMeXchange expects the quotation trend of DDR4 specialty products to align more closely with the quotations of mainstream PC and server DRAM products. This is because suppliers can use different bonding options to change the application of the DDR4 memory. As for DDR3 specialty DRAM, its market is forecast to stay at a healthy supply-demand balance. In sum, the overall price trend for specialty DRAM is projected to be relatively stable in 3Q18.
Chinese smartphone brands have been growing rapidly driven by the strong domestic market and their heavy investments in R&D, according to the latest research by TrendForce. Since last year, the brands’ combined share has reached above 50% in the global smartphone market, where Korean and American brands used to dominate. The intensified competition would eliminate brands faster and make the market more concentrated. This year, the Chinese smartphone brands, independent design house (IDH) included, are expected to achieve a combined share of 54% as a result of successful expansion in overseas markets.
Qualcomm, the leading manufacturer of telecommunications chips and mobile processors, announced its decision to terminate the $47 billion purchase agreement to acquire NXP, a Dutch company known for automotive and IoT chips, after China’s Ministry of Commerce failed to approve the deal. Qualcomm’s business has been influenced by the slowing smartphone sales recently, and would face more risks brought by the saturated market in the future, says TrendForce.
According to the latest report by WitsView, a division of TrendForce, global TV panel shipments reached 136.89 million pieces in 1H18, a year-on-year growth of 11%. The record high shipments have ended the decline over the past two years. After a high price level in 1H17, the TV panel prices have been decreasing since 1Q18, which pushed brands’ panel purchases. Panel makers also offered special deal projects to increase the shipments, which further lowered the panel prices.
Cloud computing platforms have fueled the digital transformation of enterprises in recent years. Public cloud has been playing a key role during the process. While applications of IoT and AI grow increasingly popular, the ecosystem of cloud services and the integration of cloud and edge have emerged as weak points of the market, says TrendForce. Cloud service providers have started to put more emphasis on the edge computing market, which has a CAGR of more than 30% from 2018 to 2022.