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Samsung's DRAM Market Share at 40%
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Samsung's DRAM Market Share at 40%
  • By Cho Jin-young
  • May 18, 2015, 03:30
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Samsung Electronics is riding high with its share of the global DRAM market at 40 percent.

According to a report on performance in the first quarter of this year published by Samsung on May 17, the company accounted for 43.1 percent of the DRAM market in Q1 2015, up 2.2 percent from the number for the entire year of 2014. The figure in Q1 2015 is a nearly 6 percent increase from the total number for 2013. That data that was mentioned was compiled by market research firm IDC.

Based on market research firm DisplaySearch's data, Samsung's share of the global display panel market was 21.8 percent in Q1 2015, up about 1 percent from the previous year. The tech giant explained that it is responding to market demand with a full line-up, from ultra large premium displays to those for entry-level UHD and curved TVs.

The Korean company operated at a loss in the TV business during Q1 2015, since the exchange rate in emerging markets acted as a decisive factor. However, its market share itself went up a little from 22.6 percent in Q1 2014 to 22.7 percent in Q1 2015. A total of 9.614 million TVs were produced during the first quarter, and factory operating rates were 90.9 percent.

According to data from research firm Strategy Analytics, Samsung's share of the global mobile phone market was 22.2 percent during the period, a year-on-year drop of 0.2 percent. The company estimates the size of the smartphone market in 2015 at US$1.9 billion, up 5 percent from a year ago. Samsung produced 174.55 million mobile phones in Q1 2015, and factory operating rates were 83.8 percent.