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Asian firms shine in this year's top chip makers list

Posted: 07 Oct 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:motorola? semiconductor? samsung electronics? renesas technology? hitachi?

Japan- and South Korea-based semiconductor companies figured prominently in this year's ranking based on total sales during the first half of the year. For the first time, Motorola Inc. dropped from the ranks of the top 10 chip makers as measured by global chip sales. The U.S. company has fallen on hard times recently amid the current IC downturn.

According to IC Insights Inc., South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd retained its No.2 position, with $4.13 billion in sales in the first half, up 6 percent from a year ago.

Japan's Renesas Technology Corp., the joint chip venture between Hitachi Ltd and Mitsubishi Electric Corp., claimed the third spot, with total sales of $4.09 billion during the first half.

Toshiba Corp. of Japan retained its top fifth position after registering $3.66 billion in sales. STMicroelectronics remained in sixth place, having $3.321 billion in sales, a 15 percent year-on-year growth.

Infineon Technologies AG and NEC Corp. traded places in the rankings. Germany's Infineon jumped to seventh place with $3.261 billion while Japan's NEC fell to eighth place with $3.039 billion.

Philips Semiconductors, growing 5 percent year-on-year, and Taiwan Semiconductor Mfg Co. Ltd (TSMC) rounded out the rankings. Displaying strong evidence of the growing popularity of silicon foundries, TSMC stayed in the top 10 ranking.

Provided the euro/U.S. dollar exchange rate remains stable in the next few months, IC Insights predicts TSMC will surpass Philips Semiconductors and move into the ninth position when full-year 2003 results are tallied.

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