Dynamic Random Access Memory (DRAM): Global Markets to 2022
The DRAM market is very dynamic yet volatile. Since its commercial introduction in 1971, more than 80 global companies have participated in the DRAM market, and over time, many have exited this particular segment of the IC industry due to fierce competition among the stakeholders, a lack of technology know-how or technology migration challenges.
Technology migration and the successful scaling up of new technologies are likely to be the keys to profit growth for DRAM industry stakeholders, rather than production capacity expansion during the study period of this report. Product design and processing require high levels of technical expertise and a significant investment at the product and process development stage.
Compared to 10 years ago, only three major DRAM companiesSamsung, SK Hynix and Micron survived to enjoy the higher profits after market consolidation. Samsung dominates the DRAM market in terms of revenue generation, but all the major suppliers are relatively balanced in terms of impacting DRAM prices.
With the growth of transactional data, cloud computing and data analytics, next-generation workloads will require higher-performance storage. This will drive the growth and technology innovation in the entire memory device industry. The industry has seen significant diversification of demand in the last few years, and a higher portion of DRAM demand now comes from various applications, including mobile handsets and automotive, industrial and networking applications. Requirements for more complicated features, including dual cameras, artificial intelligence applications for smartphones and robust demand for data center servers, are the key driving factors for DRAM industry growth in next five years. DRAM demand is also booming for the emergence of a wide range of consumer and automobile products and technologies, including 4K televisions, autonomous cars and voice-activated devices. The DRAM product lifecycle is very short, typically two to three years. As the DRAM industry matures and competition for the next generation of electronic devices becomes tougher, the product lifecycle is getting shorter due to the speed of technology innovation. In this sense, DRAM providers need a specified and speedy strategy from technology innovation to product design and sales.
DRAM suppliers are mostly investing in technology transition and process optimization, as opposed to the expansion of production capacity. This is likely to keep the 2018 prices similar to those of the second half of 2017. In 2018, DRAM manufacturers will mainly focus on continuing their flexibility in product mix strategy and strengthening cost competitiveness through the expansion of 1X-nanometer process migration.
The PC DRAM market is already saturated and shrinking, but DRAM and DRAM module manufacturers are trying to gain cost advantages by raising the share of gaming products in their product mixes and keeping their own DRAM inventories at optimal levels. This is likely to create a shortage of PC DRAM modules by the end of 2019, resulting in a significant increase in PC DRAM ASP."
This report provides a review of the global DRAM market according to its different available types, subtypes and generations, and application areas. The current market status for DRAM, trends and growth forecasts for the next five years are provided. Supply and sourcing issues, including pricing trends and the latest developments, are also discussed. Manufacturers and suppliers of different DRAM types have been discussed and analyzed based on their market shares, product types and regions. This report discusses important manufacturers, technologies, market shares and end-user products in which DRAM is incorporated, and then provides supporting figures and insights. Key factors influencing demand have been highlighted. The report also provides a detailed patent analysis with information on various strategic initiatives attempted by market players in last five years to meet the increasing market demand for DRAM across different application sectors. Revenue forecasts from 2018 to 2022 are provided for each major DRAM type for all major application areas.
The report concludes with a special focus on the company landscape, which includes detailed profiles of the major DRAM chip and module manufacturers and suppliers in the global semiconductor industry.
The scope of this report is wide and includes:
- Detailed discussion of the DRAM market and technology background.
- Detailed study of different DRAM types, different generations of each type and their market potential for various end-use application sectors.
- Analysis of the markets value, with data from 2015, 2016 and 2017, and its projections for 2018, including five-year compound annual growth rates (CAGRs) through 2022.
- Analysis of country-based DRAM manufacturing markets.
- Discussion of industry structure, key players and their market shares, technology market strategies, DRAM demand and bit volume growth, DRAM production capacities by company and DRAM pricing trends.
- Focus on other influential factors, such as patents and company profiles.
- The report will mainly highlight the SDRAM market, as all earlier DRAM technology types have become nearly obsolete. The DRAM aftermarket is specifically excluded from the study, as it is considered beyond the scope of this report. Estimated values used are based on manufacturers total revenues. Projected and forecast revenue values are in constant U.S. dollars, unadjusted for inflation.
- 62 data tables
- An overview of the market for Dynamic Random-Access Memory (DRAM)
- Analyses of global market trends, with data from 2017 and 2018, and projections of compound annual growth rates (CAGRs) through 2022
- A breakdown of synchronous DRAM types in the market, such as ESDRAM, DDR, DDR2, DDR3, DDR4, and GDDR
- A breakdown of the market by application, including computers, handheld devices, wearable medical devices, networking, gaming, display devices, cameras, and automobiles
- Coverage of supply and sourcing issues, including pricing trends and the latest developments
- Relevant patent analysis
- Comprehensive company profiles of major players in the market, including Advanced Micro Devices Inc., Etron Technology Inc., Innodisk Corp., Intel Corp., Kingston Technology Co. Inc. and Micron Technology Inc."
Chapter 1 Introduction
Study Goals and Objectives
Reasons for Doing This Study
Scope of Report
BCC Custom Research
Related BCC Research Reports
Chapter 2 Summary and Highlights
Chapter 3 Market and Technology Background
DRAM Market, by Density
Different DRAM Architectures
Key Market Drivers
Favorable Supply and Demand Situation
Expanding Application Potential
Advent of Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality
Expansion of Cloud Services
Key Market Challenges
High Initial Investment
Emerging Memory Innovations
Technical Difficulty in Process Scaling
Declining Market of Personal Computer Devices
Demand for Higher Density
Long-Life of Trouble-Free Operation
Process Node Shrink Smaller and Smaller
DRAM Price Structure
Key Business Strategies
Chapter 4 Market Breakdown by Technology Type
Global DRAM Market by Technology and Architecture
Chapter 5 Market Breakdown by Application
Global DRAM Market by Application
DRAM Bit Volume Growth
Desktop Personal Computer DRAM
Global Market for Mobile Devices
Global Market for Server DRAM
DRAM Market for Automobiles
DRAM Market for Consumers Electronics
Chapter 6 Market Breakdown by Country
Global Market for DRAM Manufacturers, by Country
Taiwan Market for DRAM Manufacturers
U.S. Market for DRAM Manufacturers
South Korean Market for DRAM Manufacturers
China Market for DRAM Manufacturers
Chapter 7 Patent Review and New Developments
Patents by Year
Patent by Country
Patent Review by Assignee
Patent Review, by Technology
Chapter 8 Company Profiles
ADATA TECHNOLOGY CO. LTD.
ADVANCED MICRO DEVICES, INC.
APACER TECHNOLOGY INC.
ATP ELECTRONICS INC.
CERVOZ CO. LTD.
CORSAIR COMPONENTS INC.
EDGE TECH CORP.
ETRON TECHNOLOGY INC.
GOLDEN EMPEROR INTERNATIONAL LTD.
G. SKILL INTERNATIONAL ENTERPRISE CO. LTD.
INTEGRATED SILICON SOLUTIONS INC.
KINGSTON TECHNOLOGY CO. INC.
MA LABS INC.
MICRON TECHNOLOGY INC.
NANYA TECHNOLOGY CORP.
OM ASSOCIATES PVT. LTD.
PNY TECHNOLOGIES INC.
POWERCHIP TECHNOLOGY CORP.
RAMAXEL TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) LTD.
SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO. LTD.
SHENZHEN JINTAIKE SEMICONDUCTOR CO. LTD.
SK HYNIX INC.
SMART MODULAR TECHNOLOGIES INC.
TEAM GROUP INC.
TRANSCEND INFORMATION INC.
WINBOND ELECTRONICS CORP.
WINTEC INDUSTRIES INC.
Chapter 9 Appendix
Glossary of Terms
List of TableList of Tables
Summary Table : Global Market for DRAM, by Application, Through 2022
Table 1 : Global Market Volume for DRAM, by Shipment, Through 2017
Table 2 : Global Market Share for DRAM, by Density, 2015-2022
Table 3 : DDR SDRAM Standards and Their Comparison
Table 4 : Graphic DRAMs by Comparison
Table 5 : LPDDR Standards by Comparison
Table 6 : Global Market Volume of Personal Computing Devices, by Type, Through 2017
Table 7 : Global Market Volume of Personal Computing Devices, by Type, Through 2022
Table 8 : Global DRAM Market Quarterly Share, by Manufacturer, 2015-2022
Table 9 : Global DRAM Production Capacity, Through 2018
Table 10 : Global DRAM Production, by Application, Through 2018
Table 11 : Global DRAM Average Selling Price, Through 2018
Table 12 : Global Market for DRAM, by Architecture Type, Through 2017
Table 13 : Global Market Volume for DRAM, by Technology and Architecture Type, Through 2017
Table 14 : Global Market Share for DRAM, by Technology Type, 2015-2022
Table 15 : Global Market for DRAM, by Architecture Type, Through 2022
Table 16 : Global DRAM Bit Market Volume Growth, Through 2017
Table 17 : Global DRAM Bit Market Volume Growth, Through 2022
Table 18 : Global Market for DRAM in Desktop Personal Computers, 2015-2022
Table 19 : Global Market Volume for DRAM in Desktop Personal Computers, 2015-2022
Table 20 : Global Market for DRAM in Mobile, 2015-2022
Table 21 : Global Market for DRAM in Mobile, by Quarter, Through 2017
Table 22 : Global Market Volume for DRAM in Mobile Devices, by Type, Through 2018
Table 23 : Global Market for DRAM in Notebook and Laptops, Through 2017
Table 24 : Global Personal Computer DRAM Density Requirements, by Use Case
Table 25 : Global Market for DRAM in Tablets, Through 2022
Table 26 : Global Market for DRAM in Mobile Phones, by Quarter, Through 2017
Table 27 : Global Market for DRAM in Mobile, by Architecture or Technology Type, Through 2018
Table 28 : Global Market for DRAM in Other Mobile Devices, Through 2018
Table 29 : Global Market for DRAM in Server, 2015-2022
Table 30 : Quarterly Global Revenue Ranking of DRAM in Server, by Manufacturer, 2017
Table 31 : Global Market Volume for DRAM in Server, Through 2022
Table 32 : Global Market for DRAM in Server, by Quarter, 2017
Table 33 : Nvidias GPU Global Sales, by Application, 2015-Q3, 2017
Table 34 : Current Status of High-End and Mainstream Graphic Cards, 2016-2018
Table 35 : Global Server DRAM Module Prices, Through March 2018
Table 36 : Global Market for DRAM in the Automobile Sector, Through 2018
Table 37 : Global Market for DRAM in Consumer Electronics, 2015-2022
Table 38 : Global Market for DRAM in Graphics, 2015-2022
Table 39 : Global Market for DRAM Manufacturers, by Country, Through 2017
Table 40 : Patent Review of DRAM for Top Assignees, 2012-2017
Table 41 : ADATA Technology Co. Ltd.: Company Financials, Through 2017
Table 42 : Advanced Micro Devices Inc.: Company Financials, Through 2017
Table 43 : Apacer Technology Inc.: Company Financials, Through 2017
Table 44 : Etron Technologies Inc.: Company Financials, Through 2017
Table 45 : Innodisk Corp.: Company Financials, Through 2017
Table 46 : Intel Corp.: Company Financials, Through 2017,
Table 47 : Kingston Technology: Company Financials, Through 2017
Table 48 : Micron Technology Inc.: Company Financials, Through 2017
Table 49 : Nanya Technology Corp.: Company Financials, Through 2017
Table 50 : Netlist Inc.: Company Financials, Through 2017
Table 51 : Powerchip Technology Corp.: Company Financials, Through 2017
Table 52 : ProMos Technologies: Company Financials, Through 2017
Table 53 : Qualcomm Inc.: Company Financials, Through 2017
Table 54 : Rambus Inc.: Company Financials, Through 2017
Table 55 : Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.: Company Financials, Through 2017
Table 56 : SK Hynix: Company Financials, Through 2017
Table 57 : Smart Modular Technologies Inc.: Company Financials, Through 2017
Table 58 : Transcend Information Inc.: Company Financials, Through 2017
Table 59 : Winbond Electronics Corp.: Company Financials, Through 2017
Table 60 : Acronyms Used in the Report
Table 61 : Glossary of Terms Used in the Report
List of ChartList of Figures
Summary Figure : Global Market for DRAM, by Application, 2017-2022
Figure 1 : Global Market Share for DRAM, by Density, 2015-2022
Figure 2 : Samsung Electronics Roadmap for Process Nodes, 2017-2022
Figure 3 : Micron Group Roadmap for Process Nodes, 2017-2022
Figure 4 : SK Hynix Roadmap for Process Nodes, 2017-2022
Figure 5 : Quarterly Share of the Global DRAM Market, by Manufacturer, 2015-2022
Figure 6 : Global DRAM Production Capacity, by Quarter, 2015-2018
Figure 7 : Global Samsung DRAM Production Capacity, by Quarter, 2015-2018
Figure 8 : Global DRAM Wafer Production Capacity Share, by Vendor, 2017
Figure 9 : DRAM Price Per Gigabyte, 2017 and 2018
Figure 10 : Global DRAM Average Selling Price, 2014-2018
Figure 11 : Average Contract Price for DDR3, DDR4 and LPDDR4 Memory Chips in the 4GB Category, 2016-2018
Figure 12 : Quarterly DDR4 4GB Module Contract Price, 2016-2018
Figure 13 : Global Market Share for DRAM, by Technology Type, 2015-2022
Figure 14 : Global Market Share for DRAMs in LPDDRX, by Architecture Type, 2015-2018
Figure 15 : Global Mobile DRAM Bit Volume Growth, by Type, 2017-2018
Figure 16 : Global Market Share for DRAM, by Application, 2017
Figure 17 : Global DRAM Market Share, by Application, 2022
Figure 18 : Global DRAM Bit Market Volume Share, by Application, 2017
Figure 19 : Forecasted Global DRAM Bit Market Volume Share, by Application, 2022
Figure 20 : Average Contract Price for LPDDR4 Memory Chips in 4GB Category, 2016-2018
Figure 21 : Global Shipments Share for Personal Computer DRAM, by Density, 2015-2018
Figure 22 : Global Shipments for DRAM in Tablets, 2015-2018
Figure 23 : Global Shipments for DRAM in Smartphone, by Quarter, 2014-2017
Figure 24 : Global Market Share for DRAM in Mobile Architecture or Technology, by Type, 2015-2018
Figure 25 : Global Market Share for DRAM in Mobile, by Manufacturer, 2014-2017
Figure 26 : Quarterly Global Shipment Share for DIMM, by Monodie Density, 2015-2018
Figure 27 : Nvidias GPU Global Sales, by Application, 2015-Q3, 2017
Figure 28 : Global Market Share for Connected Cars, by Region, 2014-2022
Figure 29 : Global DRAM Capacity Growth in Autonomous Cars, 2016-2022
Figure 30 : Global Market Share for DRAM in Personal Computer Gaming, 2017
Figure 31 : Quarterly Global DRAM Market Share, by Country, 2015-2017
Figure 32 : Global DRAM Market Share of South Korea, by Major DRAM Manufacturers, 2015-2017
Figure 33 : Global Data Traffic Per Smartphone, by Region, 2015-2022
Figure 34 : Published Patents, 2012-2017
Figure 35 : Global Market Share of Published DRAM Patents, by Country, 2012-2017
Figure 36 : Global DRAM Patent Published, by Top Patents Offices, 2015-2017
Figure 37 : Published Patents, by Assignees with at Least 10 DRAM Patents, 2012-2017
Figure 38 : Global Market Share of Published DRAM Patents, by Technology, 2012-2017
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