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Micron upbeat about memory demand for 5G smartphones

by Digitimes

Micron Technology has expressed optimism about DRAM and NAND flash chip demand for handsets, particularly 5G smartphones, in 2022.

In response to the growing concerns about excess inventories held by Android phone vendors due to sluggish sales in China, Micron executive VP and chief business officer Sumit Sadana said that the global handset market will be in a healthy state this year with 5G smartphones triggering both DRAM and NAND flash memory demand.

Flagship 5G smartphones will spur unit growth and drive increasing memory content per box, Sadana continued.

Shipments of 5G smartphones are poised to see robust growth in 2022 while worldwide handset shipments continue to grow at a moderate pace, Sadana indicated. About 500 million 5G smartphones were shipped globally in 2021, said Sadana, adding that the shipments are expected to top 700 million units this year.

Besides, the DRAM content in 5G smartphones is 50% higher than in their 4G predecessors, Sadana noted. The NAND flash content in 5G smartphones has doubled, Sadana said. The overall memory content for smartphones will be rising substantially in 2022, when more 5G smartphones are being shipped, according to Sadana.

According to sources at memory module makers, the still-sluggish handset sales in China may prompt related supply chains to cut back significantly on orders starting in the second quarter of 2022.

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