Samsung’s quarterly sales from DRAM exceeded US$10 billion for the first time in two years during the second quarter of 2021, according to analyst firm TrendForce.
Worldwide DRAM sales during the quarter stood at US$24.1 billion, an increase of 26% from the previous quarter.
Strong demand for DRAM and increased average sales prices of the chips helped the quarter-to-quarter growth, TrendForce said.
DRAM demand was especially high from notebooks, while IT device makers restocked their chips scale package DRAMs for smartphones and tablets during the quarter, the firm noted.
Samsung saw DRAM sales increase 30.2% from the previous quarter of US$10.5 billion.
The firm also expanded its market share in DRAM by 1.6 points to 43.6% over the same time period.
The last time Samsung exceeded US$10 billion in DRAM sales was during the third quarter of 2018, when the business posted US$12.728 billion. Sales of the business ranged from US$6 billion to US$8 billion in the following quarters since then.
SK Hynix, meanwhile, ranked second in sales, posting US$6.7 billion in DRAM sales during the second quarter, a 20.8% quarter-to-quarter increase. The company held a market share of 27.9% during the quarter.
Micron saw its DRAM sales increase 22.6% quarter-to-quarter to US$5.5 billion.
TrendForce expected DRAM sales to continue to be strong up to the third quarter, through average sales prices won’t increase as much as it did during the second quarter.