Global DRAM module sales rise 21% in 2014
Global DRAM module sales totaled US$8.8 billion in 2014, up 21% from US$7.3 billion a year earlier, thanks to more stable prices for PC DRAM as well as a rising ratio of contract sales, according to DRAMeXchange.
DRAM prices held steady throughout 2014, said DRAMeXchange. Contract prices for 4Gb DDR3 chips came to US$3.65 on average, representing an 18% increase over US$3.10 in 2013. In the spot market, prices for 4Gb DDR3 chips averaged around US$4 in 2014, compared with US$3.43 a year earlier.
The premium between contract and spot prices was roughly 10% in 2014, enabling some module companies to enjoy significant revenue growth in 2014, DRAMeXchange noted.
The top-5 vendors accounted for 81% of total memory module sales in 2014, with Kingston Technology leading all vendors and seeing its sales expand 44.7% on year, DRAMeXchange indicated. The US vendor generated revenues of US$5.2 billion and grabbed a 59% share of the global DRAM module market in 2014.
China-based Ramaxel Technology overtook Taiwan-based Adata Technology as the world’s second-largest DRAM module company in 2014, DRAMeXchange disclosed. Ramaxel saw its revenues grow 12.9% during the year, while Adata experienced an about 17% decline as a result of the company’s increased focus on non-DRAM products.