Having fallen behind South Korea's Hynix in Q2, US memory maker Micron managed to draw level with its rival during Q3 despite an almost negligible increase in overall DRAM sales.
So market watcher Gartner Dataquest's latest figures show. Q3 worldwide DRAM revenues were up just 0.2 per cent on Q2 to $6.9bn, but up 39.7 per cent on the year-ago quarter.
Samsung remained the market leader, increasing its market share from 29.7 per cent to 31.4 per cent in the process, just as it did between Q1 and Q2.
Micron and Hynix ended Q3 level-pegging, both with 15.2 per cent of the market and both down on the previous quarter, Micron by just 0.1 percentage points, Hynix by 1.5 percentage points. By revenue, Micron's was up 1.9 per cent sequentially to $1.04bn while Hynix saw revenues fall nine per cent from $1.14bn in Q2.
Gartner attributed Hynix's Q3 decline, coming after a strong second quarter, to falling average selling prices.
Fourth-placed Infineon also saw its market share slide, despite a 1.5 per cent increase in sales, from Q2's $941m to Q3's 955m. Elpida, like Infineon, retained its ranking - number five - but experienced a big jump in sales: up 16.7 per cent to $455m, enough to push its share of the market from 5.4 per cent to 6.6 per cent. ®
|Q3 Worldwide DRAM Vendors|
|Rank||Vendor||Q3 Revenue||Q3 Market Share||Q2 Revenue||Q2 Market Share||Change|
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