Oversupply of DRAM is hurting the memory IC market, says GBI Research
According to the report, the global economic uncertainty of the last few years, combined with the development of new applications that require less memory, has led to an overabundance of DRAM and a corresponding drop in price.
Prices have fallen so much in fact that manufacturers have been forced to sell these memory devices at below production cost, preventing profit generation. In response, manufacturers have been producing DRAM at 100% factory capacity in an attempt to claw back expenses, which has only exacerbated the market oversupply problem.
Sales revenues for the DRAM market spiked in 2010 at USD 37.31 billion, but fell somewhat drastically the following year to USD 29.47 billion, and are only expected to reach USD 29 billion for 2012.
Conversely, sales volumes have rocketed during this period. 2010 recorded sales of 16.39 billion units while the final figure for 2012 is expected to be as high as 32 billion units. While the growing portable gadgets market can almost guarantee an increase in DRAM sales for the foreseeable future, analysis carried out by GBI Research indicates that controlling supply and demand is an imperative for the future of DRAM producing companies.
In 2011, DRAM accounted for the largest portion of the global memory IC market at 47.3%, followed fractionally behind by flash memory, with a claim of 47%.
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