This statistic shows the market share held by the leading NAND Flash memory manufacturers worldwide from the first quarter of 2010 to the fourth quarter of 2014. In the first quarter of 2011, Micron held a market share of 11.4 percent. NAND Flash is a special storage chip used in USB sticks and SSDs.
NAND flash memory - additional information
NAND flash memory is a type of non-volatile storage that does not require power to retain data. It is primarily used for general storage and transfer of data in main memory, memory cards, flash drives, and SSD drives. Its main market is in devices to which large files are frequently uploaded and replaced, such as MP3 players and digital cameras. In 2013, over a quarter of NAND was used in smartphones and a further 13 percent was used in SSD drives.
Samsung was the global market leader in the NAND flash memory market with a share of almost 30 percent in the third quarter of 2014. Its closest competitors were Toshiba and SanDisk, who held a 22.6 percent and 18.8 percent share respectively.
The overall revenue generated by NAND flash memory reached over 8.5 billion U.S. dollars in the third quarter of 2014, the highest quarterly figure to date and almost double the figure from the beginning of 2010. Of this revenue, Samsung generated almost 2.5 billion U.S. dollars and Toshiba just short of 2 billion U.S. dollars. Although Samsung is the market leader in this industry, the revenue it generates from it is a small fraction of its overall worldwide revenue, which topped 216 billion U.S. dollars in 2013.