Forecasts say that the Memory semiconductor market will continue growing, and NAND DRAM fiashes will maintain oligopoly in the market next year

https://korean-electronics.com//inquiryThe memory semiconductor market, such as the DRAM and NAND flashes, will continue to expand next year with the expansion of their applications into AI, big data, the IoT, smart cities, smart homes, smartphones, servers, and cloud computing among others.
Memory semiconductors are largely classified into ROMs (Read Only Memories) and RAM (Random Access Memories). ROMs include EEP ROMs, EP ROMs, flash memories, and P ROMs. RAMs include SRAMs, SD RAMs, M RAMs, and DRAMs.
“Many experts forecast that the memory semiconductor market is expected to grow steadily next year,” said Jang Jun-duk, a researcher at SK Hynix in the Seminar on Semiconductor Market Forecast, held at the COEX Conference Room, held jointly by the Korea Semiconductor Industry Association and the Korea Semiconductor Research Cooperative. “The NAND market has been growing rapidly since 1970, but is highly unlikely to fall to the previous level. Thus, the market will continue to grow next year as it has done this year,”
“The DRAM market has been dominated by Samsung Electronics, SK Hynix, and Micron, and their oligopoly is continuing,” researcher Jang said. “The memory semiconductor market will be at US$100 billion for DRAMs and US$60 billion for NANDs next year,” he said.
“Most market research organizations such as the IDC, IHS, Gartner, and Goldman Sachs have lowered their forecasts on DRAMs and NANDs to 2% and 3%, respectively. But, they do not expect prices to slide more significantly than the B/G price,” researcher Jang added.

 


Observing B/G projections adjusted by organizations in 2019, DRAMs are expected to grow 20% and NANDs 40% on average.
“Memory semiconductors passed a period of volatility of rapid growth and downturn centered on PCs in the 1990s and early 2000s and underwent supplier oligopoly, then their applications were diversified into smartphones, servers, and cloud computing. Since the 2000s, the volatility has weakened and the market has matured,” researcher Jang said.
“Accordingly, the memory market has focused on productivity improvement rather than building new fab facilities, and new fab facility construction has sharply decreased since 2010. Most of the newly built fabs are NAND or hybrid fabs,” researcher Jang added.

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