Samsung, Micron and SK Hynix own nearly 100% of the memory chip market
Samsung, Micron and SK Hynix collectively own nearly 100% of the market for global dynamic random access memory (DRAM) chips. According to Trendforce, Sammy’s slice of the memory chip pie is at 42.1%, 29.5% for SK and 23% for Micron. “It seems to be going too far to say that the three chipmakers artificially inflated the price of DRAM chips. DRAM prices have displayed a downtrend over the last two years,” Trendforce said.
The suit comes during a time period when shortages have been impacting the production and delivery of chips used to produce consumer products. The shortages, created by the global pandemic, could result in the shortage of processors, DRAM chips and other memory chips. Samsung and SK Hynix have a cross-licensing agreement allowing the pair to avoid litigation even though both are competing to design thinner, more advanced memory chips.