SAN JOSE, Calif. The current IC downturn has reshuffled the rankings for chip makers in the first quarter of 2005, as Freescale Semiconductor Inc. and Toshiba Corp. gained ground during the period, according to IC Insights Inc. (See rankings table below)
Freescale, which ranked eleventh in terms of sales in 2004, replaced Philips Semiconductors as the tenth largest semiconductor supplier in the world in the first quarter of 2005, according to the rankings from IC Insights (Scottsdale, Ariz.).
Passed by Sony Corp. in the quarter, Philips fell to number 12 in the rankings, according to the market research firm. In 1Q05, Toshiba Corp. jumped from seventh in the full-year 2004 semiconductor supplier ranking to fourth for Q1 of 2005.
In the rankings for Q1, Intel was the world's largest chip maker in terms of worldwide sales, followed by Samsung, Texas Instruments, Toshiba, Renesas, Infineon, STMicroelectronics, TSMC, NEC and Freescale.
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