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Samsung and Hynix rough ride ‚??09 better than the rest

17 December 2009 | By Mark Osborne | News > Fab Management

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A market share analysis by Gartner of the semiconductor industry in 2009 shows both Korean memory manufacturers will have weathered the storm better than others in the Top 10 IC rankings. Samsung is projected to have been able to grow sales by 2.5% in 2009, compared to 2008, while Hynix will grow sales by 2.3%. Although Intel continued to hold onto the No. 1 position for the 18th consecutive year, sales declined a negative 5.4%. However, Intel was able to grow market share to 14.2% due in part to AMD sales declining at a greater rate of 10.1%, according to Gartner’s preliminary findings.

Qualcomm grew slightly by capturing market share among cellular baseband processors. Outside of the top 10, but within the top 25, Taiwan's MediaTek grew 21.4 percent, due its strong position among off-brand Chinese cell phone makers. It was the only company within the top 25 to show double-digit growth.

According to Gartner, four of the seven companies in the top 10 showing revenue declines experienced double-digit declines. Infineon's 46.5% drop was a consequence of the failure of its memory business unit, Qimonda, and the sale of its wireline communications business.

However, on a ‘like for like’ comparison in 2009, Infineon's revenue decline would have been only 27.2%.


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