Samsung stays ahead in NAND memory race

Korean chaebol Samsung kept its lead as NAND flash supplier in the fourth quarter of 2009.

Numonyx flash NANDAccording to figures supplied by DRAM Exchange, the average selling price of NAND flash memory rose around five percent in the quarter, while total branded NAND flash bit shipments increased about 10 percent in the four quarter, compared to third quarter figures.

Samsung had 38.6 percent market share with $1.498 billion of revenues, Toshiba had 32.7 percent market share, contributing $1.267 billion revenue. Micron took third place with 9.9 percent market share and $385 million revenue, with Hynix taking the number four spot with revenues of $380 million. Intel and Numonyx occupied the fifth and sixth slot with revenues of $270 million and $80 million respectively.

Meanwhile, Hynix failed to find a foreign bidder for its business, and the Korea Exchange Bank has now given potential investors 12 extra days to make a bid for its business.