DRAMeXchange released a report about the memory market. They report Samsung was the biggest memory maker in Q1 2007 with a marketshare of 23.6%, which is a bit less than the 24.9% from Q4 2006.
In terms of the company sales breakdown in Q1 2007, the performance by Hynix was the most impressive. Bolstered by its 12” fab in China’s Wuxi city, the company's bit growth for the first quarter reached 45%. Amid the huge 25% DRAM price decline in Q1 2007, Hynix was still able to post a 4.6% growth in revenue. The latest figures by Hynix shows it is posing a threat to Samsung’s leading position in the DRAM market, and widening the gap with Qimonda. However, it is expected that Samsung’s bit growth rate will reach above 25% in Q2 2007, while Hynix will experience a slowdown in growth. Therefore, Samsung still has a chance to widen its gap with Hynix. Meanwhile, the 40% bit growth of Elpida helped the company achieve a quarterly earning similar to that in Q4 2006.