08 Dec 2020 -

DRAM leads in revenue, NAND with top growth in 2020

With estimated sales of $65.2 billion, DRAM was the biggest selling IC product category this year, according to a new study by IC Insights, with NAND second biggest on $55.15 billion.

Coming as no surprise, each of the top-five IC product categories in terms of sales all have ties to computing or communication applications.

In terms of the strongest revenue growth for 2020, NAND flash is expected to top the list with a sales surge of 25% this year. NAND flash sales were exceptionally strong in the first quarter of this year as strong demand from makers of data centre servers led to a steep increase in the average selling price.

Prices for NAND flash continued to rise through the remainder of the year, but at a much more modest pace, resulting in a solid 25% increase in sales for this segment.

The advent of 5G processors that power new smartphones is expected to boost cellphone application MPU sales 24% this year.  Most 5G processors are based on 5nm process technology—leading-edge technology that comes at a higher price.  Faster and more technology-rich 5G smartphones also helped provide a strong increase to sales in other communications-related IC product segments.

The IC industry has been one of the most resilient markets during this corona-virus plagued year. 

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