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Samsung extends DRAM market lead

Micron, Hynix down, Infineon up

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ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence

Samsung Electronics Co has extended its lead in the worldwide DRAM market, boosting its market share to 31% from 27% last year, according to latest figures from Gartner Dataquest.

The research firm said that the worldwide DRAM market grew 37% to $16.2bn. Korean giant Samsung boosted its lead on the back of premium price memory formats such as RDRAM and DDR.

The company's nearest rival is US-based Micron Technology Inc, which took 17% of the market this year, compared to 19% in 2001. Hynix took 13% of the market, down from 14.5%, while Germany's Infineon Technologies AG took 12%, up from 9.7%. Japanese manufacturers combined took just 12% of the market, while the Taiwanese vendors boosted their combined share from 8.4% to 14%.

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