Taipei, Aug. 7 (CNA) Taiwan-based Nanya Technology Corp. retained its ranking as the world's fifth-largest dynamic random access memory (DRAM) chip maker in terms of sales during the second quarter of this year, a research report said Tuesday.
In the report, DRAMeXchange, a research division of Taiwan-based market information advisory TrendForce, said Nanya Technology posted US$341 million (NT$10.23 billion) in sales for the April-June period, up 18.7 percent from a quarter earlier.
Nanya Technology, the memory-chip manufacturing arm of the conglomerate Formosa Plastics Group, took a 4.9 percent share of the global DRAM market in the second quarter, compared with the 4.6 percent it recorded in the first quarter, DRAMeXchange said.
Winbond Electronics Corp. of Taiwan gained a 1.9 percent share of the world's DRAM market in the second quarter to rank the sixth largest maker of DRAM chips, ahead of its local counterparts Powerchip Technology Corp., which won 1.2 percent, and ProMOS Technologies Inc., which won 0.5 percent.
Still, Nanya Technology remained a distant fifth from its foreign competitors on the list in the past quarter, DRAMeXchange said.
Samsung Electronics Co. of South Korea remained the world's largest DRAM maker in the second quarter, gaining a 39.5 percent share with its sales of US$2.78 billion, which rose 6.9 percent from a quarter earlier.
However, Samsung's market share last quarter fell from the 41.4 percent recorded in the first quarter, according to DRAMeXchange’s statistics.
SK Hynix Inc., also from South Korea, took a 24.4 percent share of the global DRAM market in the second quarter, to rank the world's second largest memory-chip maker. It had recorded a 23.9 percent share in the first quarter.
In the second quarter, SK Hynix's sales rose 14.2 percent from a quarter earlier to US$1.71 billion.
Elpida Memory Inc. of Japan came in third with a 12.9 percent market share, followed by U.S.-based Micron Technology Inc. with 12.5 percent.
As Micron won the bid to acquire Elpida, the combined market share of both companies is 25.4 percent, topping SK Hynix's 24.4 percent.
In the second quarter, global DRAM sales totaled US$7.02 billion, up 12 percent from the previous quarter on the back of a recovery in commodity DRAM prices, DRAMeXchange said.
(By Jackson Chang and Frances Huang)