Samsung, Hynix Own Record Share of World DRAM Market

Korean companies' share of the global market for dynamic random access memory (DRAM) chips reached a record high in the second quarter, market research firm iSuppli announced on Sunday.

Samsung Electronics controlled 41.6 percent of the market and Hynix Semiconductor 23.4 percent to set two new precedents. Their combined share represents the highest percentage owned by any one country since Japanese semiconductor companies dominated the global market with a 75 percent share in the late 1980s, iSuppli said.

Japan's Elpida Memory Inc. had the third biggest share of 14.6 percent in the latest quarter, followed by U.S. multinational Micron Technology with 10.6 percent and Taiwan-based Nanya Technology Corp. with 4.7 percent.

englishnews@chosun.com / Sep. 05, 2011 09:57 KST