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Sony up, NEC down in annual chip rankings

Posted: 23 Nov 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Japanese chip makers Sony Corp. and NEC Corp. moved in opposite directions in annual semiconductor supplier rankings released Monday (Nov.21) by IC Insights.

The market research (Scottsdale, Ariz.) said Sony jumped three spots in its 2005 rankings to ninth while NEC fell four spots to 13th. Sony is forecast to reach the highest annual growth rate on the list19 percent.

All companies on IC Insights' top-20 list are expected to record chip sales of at least $3 billion this year.

Three of the five suppliers expected to drop in the rankings are Japanese, the researcher predicted.

By contrast, Sony's chip sales are being driven by growing demand for video game consoles, MP3 players, digital TVs and other consumer systems. IC Insights added that Sony's internal semiconductor use is expected to surge by about 50 percent this year.

Only four of the chip makers ranked in the top tenSony, Intel, Samsung and Toshibawere forecast to record higher annual growth in 2005 than the industry-wide rate of 7 percent.

- EE Times

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