SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. Infineon, Samsung, Texas Instruments, and TSMC grew the fastest in terms of worldwide sales among the top 10 chip makers for the first half of 2004, according to a report from IC Insights Inc. on Wednesday (July 21).
In IC Insight's rankings of the worldwide top 10 semiconductor suppliers for the first half of 2004, Intel, Samsung, TI, and Renesas maintained their number one through four positions, respectively. (See table below)
Infineon moved from seventh last year, to fifth place in the rankings in the first half of 2004. Toshiba was in sixth place, followed by STMicroelectronics, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC), NEC, and Freescale.
In the top 10 rankings, only four companies had sales growth rates above 33 percent in the first half: Samsung, TSMC, Texas Instruments, and Infineon. Samsung's 1H:04 semiconductor sales increased 80 percent over the same period a year ago.
Bill McClean, president of the Scottsdale-based research firm, said total sales for the top 10 semiconductor companies grew 33 percent in the first half of 2004, compared to the like period a year ago. The worldwide semiconductor market grew slightly faster in 1H:04 increasing 35 percent to $101.5 billion from $75.0 billion in 1H:03, McClean said.