DRAM prices set to drop

Samsung DRAMA combination of better technology but slower demand for dynamic random access memory (DRAM) will lead to prices dropping until the end of the year.

Market research company DRAM Exchange said that there’s weak demand for both notebooks and smartphones and the major manufacturers all showed a revenue fall.

Korean manufacturers Samsung and SK Hynix between them held 70 percent market share during the second quarter, but US manufacturer Micron’s market share fell to around 20.7 percent during that quarter.

Samsung is way ahead of the pack on the manufacturing front and is outstripping its competitors who won’t catch up to the firm’s 20 nanometre process for at least another six months, said DRAM Exchange.  The smaller the process technology, the more DRAM chips can be produced on a single wafer.

Micron won’t be able to produce memory chips using the 20 nanometre process until the first quarter of next year, while other players including Nanya and Inotera will take longer to catch up.

This is how the major DRAM players are doing in terms of market share.

DRAM market share 2015