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Memory boost drives Samsung growth in '09

Posted: 30 Nov 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Beyond the top 10, fabless semiconductor supplier MediaTek Inc. of Taiwan is expected to post the best performance among the world's 20 largest chipmakers, with an expected increase of 21.7 percent, iSuppli said. The company capitalized on the strong growth of China's cell phone market with its line of mobile handset baseband chips, according to the firm.

Thanks to an expected $1.6 billion decline in revenue this year, Freescale Semiconductor Inc. is expected to drop the furthest in the rankings among the top 20 suppliers, falling to 17 from 13, iSuppli said.

"The major culprit behind Freescale's declining revenue was its decision to exit the mobile handset semiconductor market," Ford said. The wireless communications market for semiconductors is expected to be the most resilient segment in 2009, with an expected decline of only 8.2 percent, iSuppli said. Next best will be the data processing segment, with a projected decline of 9.8 percent, the firm said.

The hardest-hit area, by far, was the automotive electronics industry, with a drop of 26.1 percent, followed by industrial electronics and consumer electronics at negative 15.2 and 15.1 percent, respectively, iSuppli said.

The Asia/Pacific region is set to post the strongest performance both as a supplier as well as a consumer of semiconductors, iSuppli said. Semiconductor companies with headquarters in Asia actually are expected to see their combined revenue grow by 0.3 percent, the firm said. Total shipments of semiconductors to the Asia/Pacific region are forecasted to decline by only 6.8 percent, iSuppli said.

Europe will end up being the hardest hit region in 2009, iSuppli said. Shipments of semiconductors to Europe are estimated to fall by 20.8 percent and companies headquartered in the European region are expected to suffer a combined drop of 24.2 percent, according to the firm.

LEDs and NAND memory are the only semiconductor products expected to grow in 2009, iSuppli said.

- Dylan McGrath
EE Times

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