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Memory surge pushes top 20 IC firms sales in Q3

Posted: 10 Nov 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:IC ranking? DRAM? NAND flash?

Thanks in part to a growing memory market, sales for the top 20 IC manufacturers increased 19 percent in the Q3 compared to Q2, according to market research firm IC Insights Inc. The firm issued Nov. 5 its ranking of the top chip vendors through the first three quarters of the year.

The top 20 chip firms also posted a 19 percent increase in sales from the first to the second quarter, according to IC Insights.

The strength of the DRAM and NAND flash markets helped Toshiba Corp. and Hynix Semiconductor Inc. post sequential Q3 sales increases of 30 and 31 percent, respectively, IC Insights noted.

Despite the fact that the semiconductor market is now expected to contract by roughly 12 percent this year, Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd, Toshiba, Qualcomm Inc. and Mediatek Inc. are each expected to show sales growth for the calendar year, according to IC Insights. Qualcomm Nov. 4 reported a 7 percent decline in sales for its fiscal year, which closed Sept. 27.

IC Insights' top 20 semiconductor rankings companies by their cumulative sales total for the first three quarters of 2009. The firm said that if the rankings were based on Q3 sales only, Freescale Semiconductor Inc. would be bumped out of the top 20 by Japan's Elpida, which posted Q3 sales of just over $1 billion.

Q109-Q309 Top 20 Semiconductor Sales Leaders (Click on image to enlarge.)

- Dylan McGrath
EE Times Europe

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