Samsung Electronics renewed its market share record in the global mobile DRAM market. Korea's market share, which combines the market shares of Samsung Electronics and SK Hynix, also surpassed a record high of 87 percent, showing overwhelming control.
According to DRAMeXchange, a semiconductor market research company on November 25, Samsung Electronics' mobile DRAM sales in the third quarter of 2016 grew 22.4 percent from 2.48 billion dollars in the second quarter to 2.96 billion dollars (3.4995 billion won). As a result, Samsung's mobile DRAM market share climbed from 61.5 percent to 64.5 percent over the same period.
Samsung Electronics recently posted a 50.2 percent share of the overall DRAM market, including mobile DRAMs, PC DRAMs and server DRAMs, in the third quarter. It is also the first time that DRAM market share exceeded 50 percent.
Samsung Electronics's mobile DRAM sales growth rate (22.4 percent) eclipsed that of the market in the precious quarter (16.8 percent). The rate is even higher than that of SK Hynix (6.0 percent) and that of Micron Group (8.3 percent).
SK Hynix ranked second in mobile DRAM market shares with 22.8 percent in the third quarter, down 2.3 percentage points from the second quarter (25.1 percent).
Micron also saw its market share decline slightly from 11.4 percent in the second quarter to 10.6 percent in the third quarter. As Micron's market share is declining, it may drop to a single digit market share. Nanya, a Taiwanese memory semiconductor maker, posted 43.2 percent revenue growth in the third quarter, boosting its market share by 0.2 percentage points from 1.1 percent to 1.3 percent.
By countries, Korea (Samsung Electronics + SK Hynix) accounted for 87.3 percent of the mobile DRAM market in the third quarter, surpassing the US (10.6 percent) and Taiwan (2.1 percent). Korea's market share in the third quarter rose 0.7 percentage points from the second quarter (86.7 percent) to the highest level ever.