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Fabless firms inch up top IC vendor list

Posted: 04 Mar 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:IC vendor list? fables firm? revenue semiconductor?

Qualcomm Inc. climbed five spots to No. 8 in the world in semiconductor revenue while rival fabless chip vendor Broadcom Corp. leapt six positions to rank 17, according to a list of the top 20 chip vendors by market research firm IC Insights.

After seeing revenue from IC sales decline 33 percent last year, memory supplier Hynix Semiconductor dropped from sixth place in 2007 to the No. 10 spot on the list. IC Insights noted that the company's current annual sales run rate is less than $4 billion.

The top five ranked companies remained the same from 2007 to 2008, IC Insights said. Most of the other top 20 suppliers moved up or down only one or two spots in the ranking, according to the firm.

Geographically, the top 20 suppliers in 2008 were composed of eight U.S. firms, six Japanese, three European, two South Korean and one Taiwanese company. It required at least $3.6 billion in 2008 sales to make the top 20 ranking, IC Insights said.

DRAM-supplier Qimonda, which recently filed for insolvency, dropped 11 positions from No. 18 overall in 2007 to No. 29 in 2008, IC Insights said. With a 12 decline in sales, NXP Semiconductors fell five spots to No. 15 in 2008 from No. 10 in 2007, the firm said.

Although its sales declined a relatively mild 7 percent in 2008, Japanese DRAM supplier Elpida Memory dropped out of the top 20 ranking, IC Insights noted.

Qualcomm marked a milestone following Q3 08 when it became the first fabless chip vendor to jump into the IC Insights top 20 suppliers list, which is complied quarterly.

The top 20 chip suppliers for 2008, as ranked by IC Insights:

1. Intel Corp. - $34.49 billion
2. Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd - $20.27 billion
3. Texas Instruments Inc. - $11.97 billion
4. Toshiba - $11.06 billion
5. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd- $10.56 billon
6. STMicroelectronics NV- $9.05 billion
7. Renesas Technology Corp.- $7.02 billion
8. Qualcomm Inc. - $6.48 billion
9. Sony Corp. - $6.42 billion
10. Hynix Semiconductor - $6.18 billion
11. Infineon Technologies AG- $$5.97 billion
12. Advanced Micro Devices Inc. - $5.81 billion
13. NEC Corp. - $5.73 billion
14. Micron Technology Inc. - $5.69 billion
15. NXP Semiconductors - $5.32 billion
16. Freescale Semiconductor - $4.9 billion
17. Broadcom Corp. $4.51 billion
18. Fujitsu Ltd - $4.46 billion
19. Panasonic Corp. - $4.32 billion
20. Nvidia Corp. - $3.67 billion

- Dylan McGrath
EE Times





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