SAN JOSE, Calif. Spansion Inc. remained the world's top NOR flash-memory supplier with revenue of $628 million in the first quarter, down 8.6 percent from $687 million during the prior quarter, according to the rankings from iSuppli Corp. (See rankings table below)
No. 2 Intel Corp. suffered the worst quarterly decline of all NOR flash suppliers, with an estimated $427 million in NOR revenue, a decrease of 19.6 percent from $531 million during the previous quarter, according to the research firm.
No. 4 NOR maker Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. was the only company among the top-5 suppliers to achieve revenue growth in the first quarter, with its sales rising to $210 million, up 1.9 percent from $206 million in the fourth quarter, according to a preliminary ranking from iSuppli.
Rounding out the top-5 were STMicroelectronics, with revenue of $277 million, down $40 million from $317 million in the fourth quarter of 2006, and Silicon Storage Technology Inc., with $68 million in sales, down $17 million from $85 million in the fourth quarter.
Global NOR flash revenue decreased to $1.9 billion in the first quarter of 2007, down 11.9 percent from $2.2 billion in the fourth quarter of 2006, according to iSuppli. This compares to an 8 percent sequential decrease in NOR flash revenue in the first quarter of 2006, which represents a more customary rate of decline during the historically slow first three months of the year, according to the firm.
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