Taipei, Aug. 11 (CNA) Winbond Electronics Corp., a Taiwan-based memory chip maker, was ranked as the world's fifth largest mobile dynamic random access memory (DRAM) chip supplier with a market share of 1.5 percent in the second quarter of this year, according to a recent research report.
Winbond's mobile DRAM sales in the second quarter totaled US$30 million (NT$900 million), a quarterly increase of 1.5 percent, said the report by DRAMeXchange, a research unit of market information advisory firm TrendForce.
However, Winbond's market share for the second quarter fell 0.2 percentage points from the previous quarter, according to the report.
Nanya Technology Corp. of Taiwan was in sixth place, with a 0.3 percent market share and mobile DRAM sales of US$7 million, the research report said.
Winbond's fifth place ranking was way behind its foreign competitors in the global mobile DRAM market, the report said, adding that Taiwanese memory chip makers must be aware that product mix adjustments are the key to improving profitability.
Samsung Electronics Co. of South Korea maintained its ranking as the world's largest mobile DRAM supplier in the second quarter, retaining the 59.6 percent market share it held in the first quarter, the report said.
The South Korean firm posted US$1.17 billion in mobile DRAM sales during the three month period, up 12.2 percent from the previous quarter.
Following Samsung, SK Hynix Inc., also of South Korea, took a 17.9 percent share of the global mobile DRAM market in the second quarter, compared with 18.9 percent recorded in the first quarter.
SK Hynix posted US$351 million in mobile DRAM sales for the second quarter, up 6.4 percent from a quarter earlier, ahead of Elpida Memory Inc. of Japan with sales of US$273 million and U.S.-based Micron Technology Inc. with sales of US$131 million.
Elpida took a 13.9 percent share of the world's mobile DRAM market and Micron a 6.7 percent share.
In the second quarter, sales of the world's mobile DRAM sector totaled US$1.96 billion, a quarterly increase of 12.4 percent on rising demand for smartphones.
(By Jackson Chang and Frances Huang)