DigiTimes reports several deep-pocketed DRAM memory makers like Kingston and Transcend are aggressively building up inventory. The industry players are still suffering from a weak DRAM market but they hope they'll be in a strong position to grab more marketshare when the outlook improves.
Kingston, which just announced sales of US$4.5 billion in 2007, has approached chipmakers including Elpida Memory, ProMOS Technologies, Powerchip Semiconductor Corporation (PSC) and Samsung Electronics to increase its supply volume, according to industry sources. With its sales from NAND flash applications also growing rapidly, the US memory module maker is also said to being increasing its NAND flash procurement amount at Samsung.
The sources added in saying that Samsung is aggressively trying to increase interaction with key customers starting from 2008. Company executives from South Korea visited companies including Acer, A-Data Technology and Transcend last week. Some industry watchers associated the visits to a possible management reshuffle at the company, as well as strengthening ties with clients during the industry downturn.
Taiwan's Transcend, in the meantime, started rapidly growing its procurement at Samsung from 2008. As of today, Transcend is said to have purchased about 100 million DDR2 chip in 512Mb equivalent units from Samsung, the sources noted.