There was a long list of IC suppliers moving up as well as down iSuppli Corp’s 2008 rankings chart, released for 2008. Companies gaining ground due to acquisitions included fabless as well as chip manufacturers and those doing well from both camps just on organic growth. The chart shows a mixed bag that highlights that both big and smaller firms could suffer as well as prosper in the turbulent times.
“It’s not always good to be the king, as shown by the results of most of the top semiconductor suppliers in 2008,” said Dale Ford, senior vice president of market intelligence services for iSuppli. “Many of these suppliers are focused on semiconductor segments that performed poorly during the year, including memory, Digital Signal Processors (DSPs), analog Integrated Circuits (ICs) and standard logic. This caused 80 percent of the Top-10 and 60 percent of the Top-25 semiconductor suppliers to experience declining revenues compared to 2007.”
According to the market research firm, STMicroelectronics, Broadcom, Rohm and MediaTek saw revenue growth enhanced by major acquisitions, while Qualcomm, NEC, Panasonic, Sharp, Marvell and Fujitsu expanded their revenues by between 1.5 percent and 15.3 percent, predominantly by organic growth that also saw a boost from favourable exchange rates that benefited Japanese companies.
It is no surprise that memory manufacturers suffered, yet it was NXP that declined the most, due in part to the spin-off of its wireless division.