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Micron Bucks Weak Conditions

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Micron Technology Inc. in the second quarter narrowed its NAND flash memory market-share gap with Hynix Semiconductor Inc., setting the stage for a battle for the industrys third rank this year, according to iSuppli Corp.

U.S-based Micron in the second quarter sold $300 million worth of NAND flash memory, up 11.9 percent from $268 million in the first quarter, the largest percentage and revenue growth of the Top-7 suppliers ranked by iSuppli.

Micron’s industry-leading performance was all the more remarkable given the generally weak conditions in the NAND flash market in the second quarter. Global NAND flash memory revenue declined to $3.36 billion in the second quarter, down 2.5 percent from $3.45 billion in the first quarter. Five of the Top-7 NAND suppliers posted either declines or zero growth in revenue compared to the first quarter.

No.-4 ranked Micron’s share of global NAND revenue market increased to 8.9 percent in the second quarter, up from 7.8 percent in the first. Micron in the second quarter trailed No.-3 ranked Hynix of South Korea by only 4.5 percentage points, down from 7.2 percentage points in the first quarter.

The attached figure presents iSuppli’s worldwide ranking of NAND flash suppliers in the second quarter.

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