Booming memory-chip shipments are shuffling the semiconductor ranks, according to a list of leading suppliers in the first half of 2000.
IC Insights, Scottsdale, Ariz., estimates that chip revenue for the first half of this year helped Samsung Electronics, STMicroelectronics, and Hyundai Electronics to move up in the market researcher's top 10 ranking.
Growing DRAM revenue helped Samsung post a gain of 48 percent to $3.9 billion in the first six months of this year, vs. $2.6 billion in the same period last year, according to IC Insights. That bumped the chip maker to the fifth place from sixth. The market research firm predicts that Samsung's semiconductor sales will approach $9 billion in 2000.
STMicro moved from the ninth spot to the seventh, thanks to flash memory sales and shipments of analog and mixed-signal ICs. Chip sales grew 55 percent to nearly $3.6 billion in the first six months of 2000, vs. $2.3 billion in the first half of 1999.
Hyundai jumped from 15th to ninth place with 232 percent growth in sales, to nearly $3.4 billion, vs. $1.0 billion in the first half of 1999.
The top four companies on the list are the same as last year: Intel (stock: INTC), which grew 17 percent to $14.1 billion vs. $12.1 billion in the first six months of 1999; NEC (stock: NIPNY), which saw a 38 percent increase in sales to $5.7 billion vs. $4.1 billion last year; Toshiba, which grew 45 percent to $5.0 billion, vs. $3.5 billion last year; and Texas Instruments (stock: TXN), with a 26 percent increase to $4.7 billion, vs. $3.7 billion last year.
Overall, the top 10 chip suppliers grew at 37 percent compared with revenues in the first half of 1999, according to IC Insights. The top 10 chip merchants accounted for $51.0 billion in sales vs. $37.3 billion in the first half of 1999.
The research firm forecasts a 17 percent increase in the worldwide semiconductor markets during the second half of 2000, compared with the first half of this year. It expects the increase for the entire year to be 35 percent growth from 1999 sales.