TrendForce: Samsung, China Meeting Could Moderate DRAM Prices

A December meeting between China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and Samsung Electronics about the company’s role in price increases for memory products could moderate DRAM price hikes in the first quarter of 2018, according to DRAMeXchange a division of TrendForce. It also could potentially drive Samsung, the market leader for DRAM and NAND flash, to…

Samsung Capital Expenditure for DRAM and NAND

Will Samsung Dash China’s Memory Market Hopes?

Is Samsung’s massive $26 billion semiconductor capex only delaying China’s push into the memory device market? While it’s not likely to halt China’s inevitable drive into the DRAM and NAND flash markets despite technology challenges, it may wield a bigger influence on its competitors’ capex plans as Samsung protects its leadership position. For buyers, it…

Allocation 2017: What’s Behind the Component Shortage

Component shortages are not just about increased demand. Any number of factors – production capacity, supply chain disruptions, obsolescence and technology migration – can contribute to product scarcity. For 2017 and 2018, supplier merger and acquisition (M&A) activity can be added to the causation list. Semiconductor and tech mergers reached an all-time high in 2016 and formed…

Buyers: DRAM Prices to Rise 10% in Q4

Contract DRAM prices increased by five percent in the third quarter of 2017, compared to the previous quarter, driving record quarterly revenues for DRAM makers, according to DRAMeXchange, a division of TrendForce. Due to continued tight supply and limited bit supply growth, DRAM revenue increased 16.2 percent sequentially. The market outlook for the fourth quarter indicates…

Production Capacity for AMOLED Panels Expands; China’s Share to Rise

Due to rising demand for OLED displays in smartphones and high-end flat panel TVs, panel manufacturers are making bigger investments in new OLED display fab construction, according to market research firm IHS Markit. This investment is expected to increase global production capacity of AMOLED panels — including both red-green-blue (RGB) OLED and white OLED (WOLED)…

Samsung Could End Tight DRAM Supply Earlier Than Expected

Over the past two years, memory device buyers have faced DRAM supply issues due to curtailed production capacity expansion and technology migration challenges. This also translated into double-digit price hikes. Samsung is now considering production capacity expansion for DRAM, which could potentially end tight supply for DRAM sooner than anticipated, according DRAMeXchange, a division of TrendForce.…