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Samsung, Infineon gain ground in chip rankings

Posted: 26 Nov 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:intel? samsung electronics? dram? ic insights?

Intel Corp. is expected to remain the world's largest chip maker in 2004, but DRAM suppliers Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd and Infineon Technologies AG will gain the most ground, according to the top-10 chip rankings from IC Insights Inc. on Monday (Nov. 22).

The top four semiconductor suppliers are forecast to hold their same respective positions in 2004 as they did in 2003. Intel is expected to remain the top IC supplier in terms of worldwide sales in 2004, followed by Samsung, TI, Renesas, Infineon, Toshiba, STMicroelectronics, TSMC, NEC and Freescale, according to the rankings.

When excluding TSMC, Philips Semiconductors joins the ranking in the tenth position, according to IC Insights.

Total 2004 top 10 semiconductor company sales are forecast to grow 24 percent over 2003. In contrast, the worldwide 2004 semiconductor market is forecast to grow 28 percent, according to the firm.

Intel is forecast to surpass $30 billion in semiconductor sales in 2004. "However, the company is expected to register only 11 percent growth this year, and display a 3.4 percent 1999-2004 semiconductor revenue CAGR as compared to an industry-wide 6.9 percent CAGR over this same time period," according to the report.

Samsung and Infineon appear to be the big winners. Driven by DRAM and flash memory sales, Samsung's semiconductor revenue is forecast to grow 53 percent in 2004, according to IC Insights.

Infineon is forecast to jump from the 7th position in 2003 to 5th in 2004. But Toshiba Corp. is expected to fall from 5th in 2003, to 6th in 2004, while STMicroelectronics Inc. is projected to go from 6th to 7th place.

- Mark LaPedus

Silicon Strategies

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