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Gartner rolls out winners, losers in 2009 IC ranking

Posted: 21 Dec 2009     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:IC ranking  semiconductor industry  memory 

Gartner Inc. reinforced its previous IC forecast and revealed the preliminary top-10 chip rankings for 2009.

As previously disclosed in November, the semiconductor industry will post a revenue decline for just the sixth time in the last 25 years, with worldwide revenue totalling Rs.1,056,366.04 crore ($226 billion) in 2009, an 11.4 per cent decline from 2008, according to Gartner.

"Revenue dropped precipitously in the first quarter of 2009, continuing a deterioration which started in the last quarter of 2008," said Stephan Ohr, semiconductor research director at Gartner, in a statement. "A small uptick, noted towards the end of the first quarter, led to significant quarter-over-quarter growth in the periods that followed."

Gartner also released its preliminary top-10 IC rankings for 2009. Who are the winners and losers?

Winners: Advanced Micro Devices Inc., Hynix Semiconductor Inc., Qualcomm Inc.

Losers: Infineon Technologies AG, NEC Electronics Corp., Renesas Technology Corp.

No prize: Intel Corp., Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd, Toshiba Corp., Texas Instruments Inc., STMicroelectronics Inc.

Honourable Mention: MediaTek

Intel Corp. held the No. 1 position for the 18th consecutive year, despite revenue declines, and it increased its market share to 14.2 per cent in 2009, according to Gartner.

There was also no change among the next four companies in terms of rankings. Samsung was in second place, followed by Toshiba, TI and ST.

Qualcomm and Hynix Semiconductor were next in the rankings, as each company jumped two places. Renesas Technology was next, but the company fell one slot. Advanced Micro Devices was next and jumped two places, while Infineon was 10th and fell two places.

NEC Electronics went from No. 10 in 2008 to No. 11 in 2009, according to Gartner. As previously reported, Renesas and NEC Electronics are set to merge in 2010.

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