According to the forecast, IC Insights, this year sales of DRAM chips will increase compared to the previous year by 74%
Experts of the analytical company IC Insights has prepared a forecast relating to the market of semiconductor products this year. The forecast covers both the market as a whole, and divided in two main segments: integrated circuit and O-S-D (optoelectronic devices, sensors and discrete devices).
According to IC Insights, this year sales of integrated circuits will increase in comparison with the previous year by 22%. The basis of the growth, according to analysts, provides a steady demand for the chip of DRAM and NAND flash memory. The growth of supply in quantitative terms is projected at 14%. In other words, in many ways, the market is growing due to rising prices. For example, the average price of DRAM chips for 2017 increased by 77%.
Note that the DRAM is the largest category of products. Its sales in 2017 are estimated at 72 billion dollars, which corresponds to annual growth of 74%. For reference: this is the highest figure since 1994, when it recorded a value of 78%.
Sales of NAND flash is estimated at 49.8 billion dollars. During the year they grew by 44%. The average price of NAND chips has increased by 38%.
In the segment O-S-D is also on the rise, so the amount of sales of semiconductor products will be 20% more than last year.