LONDON — The average selling price of DRAMs is set to jump 40 percent in 2013, according to market research company IC Insights.
The DRAM market is forecast to reach $33.7 billion in 2013, annual growth of 28 percent, despite declining unit shipments compared with 2013, due to the weak personal computer market, the market research firm said in a press release.
There are three major suppliers of DRAM -- Samsung, SK Hynix, and Micron, which recently closed its acquisition of Japan's Elpida. Capital expenditures on DRAM production are forecast to be $4.0 billion, which as a proportion of sales would represent an all-time low of 11.9 percent.
IC Insights' point of view is supported by DRAMexchange, a division of market research firm TrendForce. The average price of 4-Gbyte DRAM modules rose by 16 percent in the second quarter, from $23.50 to $27.25, DRAMexchange said in a bulletin. DRAM manufacturers' second quarter 2013 revenue was $8.53 billion, and the firm expects this to increase in the third quarter.
Korean manufacturers Samsung and SK Hynix had a combined market share of 62.7 percent in the second quarter, DRAMexchange said.