Saturday, August 22, 2009

Rising DRAM Prices--More Good News for Korea's ICT Sector

I've been reading with great interest about how Korean mobile phone handsets and LED backlit television sets are doing so well in the U.S. and other international markets. Today, the Joongang Ilbo reports that the good news has spread to dynamic random access memory chips (semiconductors) which are a big item for Samsung Electronics and Hynix. These memory chips are important components of many modern digital devices. Saying abreast of technology change in the DRAM industry requires huge capital investment. Nevertheless, these chips are an important commodity in the information age, and Korea seems positioned to maintain its world leading position as a manufacturer and exporter of DRAM chips. NAND flash memory is another interesting category, and the semiconductor industry in Korea is steadily making efforts to branch out into other types of chips. I'll be on vacation for the next week, so will probably not post any additions to the blog until September.

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