Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. increased its flash memory chip revenue 50% in the third quarter of 2003 compared to the comparable 2002 period, posting sales of $615 million to rank as the largest global vendor, according to an iSuppli Corp. report released Thursday (Nov. 20).
Samsung, with a 20% revenue share of all flash architecture shipments, topped Toshiba Corp., which was in second place with $532 million in revenue in the third quarter and a 17.3% market share. Toshiba increased its flash revenues 61% over the same period a year ago.
FASL LCC Spansion (the joint venture of Advanced Micro Devices and Fujitsu Ltd.) ranked third in market share with 13.8% and $424 million in third quarter revenue. Intel Corp. was fourth with a 13.5% market share and $416 million revenue.
Sharp placed fifth with a 10.4% market share and $318 million in revenue.