DRAM revenues slumped in first quarter

SamsungSales of dynamic random access memory (DRAM) fell by 7.5 percent in the first quarter of this year.

Revenues came to $12 billion and the reason was weak contract prices plus poor sales of notebooks and smartphones because of the time of year.

According to market research company Trendforce, even though there was a decline in revenues in the first quarter, manufacturers managed to keep their margins to the same level compared to the last calendar quarter of 2014.

That’s because new processes attract higher prices, and manufacturers took advantage of the trend.

The whole DRAM market worldwide is slated to be worth $51.2 billiob for the whole of this year, and that will represent an increase of 12 percent, compared to 2014.

Korean manufacturers Samsung and SK Hynix took the lion share of the market in the first quarter, with a 43 percent and 27 percent share respectively. Micron, the only US manufacturer, had a share of 22.5 percent.

Trendforce said that Samsung is the industry leader, making chips at 20 nanometres and it’s likely this process technology will represent 60 percent of its production during the year.

Here’s how Trendforce-DRAM Exchange saw the figures for the first quarter.

DRAM sales Q1 2015