DRAM and NAND flash are the two main chip export items for South Korea’s two largest chipmakers — Samsung Electronics Co. and SK hynix Inc.
Samsung leads both the DRAM and NAND flash markets with 42 percent and 33.5 percent shares, respectively, in the first quarter, according to data from industry tracker TrendForce. SK hynix is the world’s second-largest DRAM supplier with a 29 percent share and the No. 4 player in NAND flash with a 12.3 percent share.
Besides memory, IC Insights said the analog IC market is forecast to expand by 25 percent this year, while the logic IC market is estimated to increase by 24 percent.
The market researcher expected the overall IC market to grow by 24 percent in 2021, advancing from its previous forecast of 19 percent growth, with an estimated 21 percent increase in unit shipments and a 2 percent jump in average selling price.
“A growth rate of 24 percent would be the third-largest increase in the global IC market over the past 16 years, being surpassed only by the 33 percent surge displayed in 2010 and the 25 percent increase registered in 2017,” it said. (Yonhap)