SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. For the first time, Motorola Inc. fell from the ranks of the top 10 chip makers as measured in global chip sales, according to a new list compiled by IC Insights Inc.
Motorola fell out of the top 10 in terms of worldwide chip sales for the first half of 2003, according to market researchers.
Motorola had been a fixture among the leading semiconductor suppliers ever since the ranking was first compiled. The U.S. company (Schaumberg, Ill.) has recently fallen on hard times amid the current IC downturn.
How the mighty have fallen. In 1985, Motorola was the third largest semiconductor company in the world; in 1995, the company ranked fifth.
Meanwhile, Intel Corp. maintained the top position among the worldwide semiconductor suppliers, with $12.21 billion in sales for the first half of 2003, up 3 percent over the same period a year ago.
Korea's Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. remained in the second spot, with $4.13 billion in sales in the first half, up 6 percent from a year ago.
Japan's Renesas Technology Corp. made the top 10 rankings for the first time. Renesas, the joint chip venture between Hitachi Ltd. and Mitsubishi Electric Corp., was the world's third largest IC maker in terms of sales in the first half of 2003, IC Insights reported. Renesas sales totaled $4.09 billion in the first half, up 14 percent over the same period last year.
Texas Instruments Inc. remained fourth with $3.794 billion in sales during the first half, up 16 percent over 2002. Japan's Toshiba Corp. retained the fifth spot with $3.66 billion in sales, up 27 percent.
STMicroelectronics Inc. remained in the sixth spot with $3.321 billion in sales, up 15 percent.
Infineon Technologies AG and NEC Corp. switched places in the rankings. Germany's Infineon jumped seventh place with $3.261 billion in sales for the first half of 2003, up 30 percent from last year. Japan's NEC fell eighth place with $3.039 billion in sales, up 18 percent.
Philips Semiconductors and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) rounded out the rankings. Philips recorded first-half sales totaling $2.572 billion. TSMC remained in tenth place with $2.566 billion in sales, up 11 percent.
Motorola's semiconductor sales declined 5 percent to $2.266 billion in the first half of 2003 over the first half of 2002. Its sales were $300 million less than TSMC. In fact, Motorola was the only semiconductor company among the top 11 to register a sales decline during the period.