SAN FRANCISCOThe top 10 original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) bought one-third of all semiconductors in 2008, accounting for $91.6 billion, down 3.8 percent from 2007, according to market research firm Gartner Inc.
The leading semiconductor applications for OEMs remain PCs and mobile phones, Gartner (Stamford, Conn.) said.
Hewlett-Packard Co. remained the leading OEM for semiconductor consumption, according to Gartner. HP accounted for $16.5 billion in 2008a flat result compared with 2007despite a significant increase in unit shipments, Gartner said. HP, the No. 1 PC maker, was the leading consumer of microprocessors and memory chips, Gartner said.
"HP and Nokia showed that manufacturers benefited from a significant decline in average selling prices," said Alfonso Velosa, research director at Gartner, in a statement.
"In addition, Nokia continued to shift its semiconductor-sourcing strategy away from designing application-specific integrated circuit for its handsets to using off-the-shelf application-specific standard products," Velosa said. "Since Nokia is the world's largest vendor of mobile phones, this shift will continue to have a major impact on the semiconductor market."
Apple Inc. jumped to the No. 6 position in chip consumption among OEMS, with $7 billion in consumption, Velosa said.
Gartner is offering for sale a report, "Semiconductor Consumption by Top 10 OEMs, Worldwide, 2008 (Preliminary)," through the company's web site.