SAN FRANCISCOQualcomm Inc. used a 27 percent year-over-year growth rate to jump to ninth among the largest semiconductor suppliers through the first three quarters of 2008, while DRAM-supplier Qimonda dropped 12 positions from 18 to 30 overall, according to market research firm IC Insights Inc.
According to data compiled as part of IC Insights' top 20 semiconductor suppliers list for the first three quarters, Broadcom Corp. jumped from 23 to 18 among the rankings of chip firms. Broadcom also leapfrogged Nvidia Corp. to become the second largest fabless chip vendor, according to the data.
NXP Semiconductors fell five spots to 15th from 10th in 2007 as sales declined 5 percent through the first three quarters, according to IC Insights. For all of 2008, the company's sales are forecast to decline 11 percent as compared to 2007, IC Insights said.
With some major DRAM and flash suppliers no longer among the top 20 chip suppliers, total sales for the group through the first three quarters of the year displayed a relatively strong 6 percent increase as compared a total worldwide semiconductor market increase of 4 percent, according to IC Insights.
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Given the current state of the worldwide economy and the weakening semiconductor markets, IC Insights expects that the top 20 semiconductor suppliers will register cumulative sales of $43.2 billion in the fourth quarter, a decline of 8 percent sequentially.
For full-year 2008, the top 20 semiconductor suppliers are forecast to have combined sales of $182.2 billion, a 2 percent increase over 2007, IC Insights said. This 2 percent increase is the same annual growth rate now expected for the worldwide semiconductor market, the firm added.