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IC Insights‚?? 2008 supplier ranking sees some surprises, but no change at the top

04 March 2009 | By Síle Mc Mahon | News > Fab Management

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IC InsightsAs an addendum to IC Insights’ March Update to The McClean Report, the market research specialists have published the global Top 20 ranking of semiconductor suppliers for 2008.

While there were some major changes to be seen in the rankings table, such as Broadcom’s jump from 23rd to 17th position, the overall ranking saw a 3% decline, on a par with the total worldwide semiconductor market decline in 2008. Three of the top 20 companies had double-digit 2008/2007 growth rates, compared with six of the companies registering double-digit declines in 2008 semiconductor sales.

The company with the greatest decline in sales was DRAM and flash memory supplier Hynix, dropping from 6th place in 2007 to 10th last year following a 33% decline in sales.

Other noteworthy developments include Qualcomm’s use of its 15% year-over-year growth rate to end up in 8th position, five spots higher than 2007. On a more negative note, DRAM supplier Qimonda dropped a severe 11 positions to come in at 29th on the rankings following the company’s filing for insolvency.

From a geographical perspective, there are eight U.S. companies in the Top 20 semiconductor supplier ranking (including three fabless semiconductor suppliers), six from Japan, three European, two South Korean, and one Taiwanese company (TSMC).

Only nine companies out of 20 reported an increase in sales for 2008.

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