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DRAM, NAND markets shuffle IC vendor ranking

Posted: 02 Jun 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:IC ranking? memory market? DRAM? NAND flash?

Ten of the top 20 semiconductor vendors as ranked by sales altered positions in Q1, with surging markets for DRAM and NAND flash memory largely responsible for shaking up the rankings, according to an IC Insights Inc report.

Toshiba Corp., Hynix Semiconductor Inc., Micron Technology Inc. and Elpida Memory Inc. all moved up at least one position in the rankingswith Elpida jumping up six spots in the tenth position, according to the May update from IC Insights' McLean Report.

Meanwhile, perennial No. 2 ranked chip vendor Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd is on pace to exceed $30 billion in semiconductor sales in 2010, according to the report. IC Insights said it believes Samsung could register as much as 50 percent growth in IC sales this year.

Samsung said earlier this month it would increase semiconductor capital spending to about $9.6 billion. At this level, Samsung would be responsible for roughly 22 percent of total global semiconductor capital expenditures, IC Insights estimates, as much as fellow big spenders Intel Corp. and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. combined.

Though the merger between Renesas and NEC to create Renesas Electronics Corp. was not consummated until April 1, IC Insights combined their pre-merger sales to rank the company sixth overall among chip vendors. But given the strong performances expected this year from TSMC in foundry and Hynix in memory, IC Insights predicted that Renesas would drop to the seventh position for the full year 2010.

Companies that slid in Q1 rankings including Qualcomm Inc., which dropped to 12 from eighth, and Fujitsu Ltd, which fell out of the top 20 (ranked 21) after being 19 in Q4 09, IC Insights said.

Saying Q1 is always seasonally slow for cellphone chips, IC Insights said it expects a strong rebound by Qualcomm in the remainder of the year. But the firm said that with Fujitsu undergoing reorganization it would likely stay out of the top 20 for the near future.

The March update to the McClean report, offered for sale by IC Insights, includes upgraded forecasts for worldwide GDP, PC and cellphone sales for 2010.

- Dylan McGrath
EE Times

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