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PS3 spurs Sony to IC Insights' top 10 chipmakers list

Posted: 10 May 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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IC Insights has reported a big shakeup in the Q1 2007 rankings of the top 20 semiconductor suppliers (view complete list), suggesting it was the Q1 inventory correction in the semiconductors business that is responsible for the changes.

For instance, Sony (sales $1.84 billion), Hynix ($2.57 billion) and Toshiba ($3.25 billion) each gained two positions in Q1 2007. Sony was spurred by increasing internal transfers for its PS3 game machines, which, according to IC Insights, moved the Japanese supplier into the top 10 ranking for the first time and currently resides in 9th place. Hynix moved from 7th to 5th while Toshiba jumped past TI ($3.11 billion) and STMicroelectronics ($2.27 billion) to secure the number 3 ranking. ST has slipped from 4th to 6th spot.

Despite early 2007 DRAM pricing weakness, Micron ($1.44 billion) jumped three places to become the 11th largest semiconductor supplier, only $19 million behind 10th-ranked NXP ($1.46 billion).

Another big DRAM supplier, Elpida ($1.2 billion), gained five positions in the ranking, rising from 23rd in 2006 to 18th in 1Q07.

Qimonda ($1.29 billion) and fables supplier Qualcomm ($1.26 billion) also moved up two positions, while Renesas ($1.95 billion) gained one position, moving up to 7th.

The companies that fell in the Q1 2007 ranking, as well as ST, include TI, foundry TSMC ($1.92 billion), Freescale $1.29 billion), NEC ($1.28 billion), AMD ($1.23 billion), IBM ($1.16 billion), and Fujitsu, which brings up the rear at 20th with Q107 sales of $1.05 billion). Of these eight companies, AMD fell the farthest and went from being ranked 13th in 2006 to 17th in 1Q07.

There was no movement in the top two, with Intel ($8.01 billion) easily retaining top spot, followed by Samsung ($4.7 billion). The other non-mover, apart from NXP, is Infineon, which retains 16th slot with Q1 2007 chip sales of $1.25 billion.

IC Insights said it expects to see continued DRAM and flash memory pricing volatility over the next eight months, the end of most of the major IC inventory adjustments by the end of June, and a seasonal rebound in overall IC demand beginning in August. These factors, it suggests, are likely to continue to cause significant movement in the top 20 semiconductor ranking throughout this year.

- John Walko
EE Times

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