SAN JOSE, Calif. — The semiconductor rankings changed in 2005 in what was considered the year of the “soft landing” for the IC industry, according to iSuppli Corp.
Global semiconductor sales amounted to $237.1 billion in 2005, up 3.6 percent from $228.8 billion in 2004, according to iSuppli. Meanwhile, Broadcom, Hynix, IBM, Micron, Qualcomm, Sony, STMicroelectronics and Toshiba all gained ground in the overall top-20 chip rankings in terms of sales in 2005, according to iSuppli (El Segundo, Calif.).
Falling in the 2005 rankings were Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), Infineon, Matsushita, Renesas and Sharp, according to iSuppli.
Among the fabless companies, Broadcom Corp. joined Qualcomm Inc. in the top-20 for the first time in 2005. Furthermore, Nvidia Corp. and ATI Technologies Inc. both moved into the top-25 suppliers for the first time.
The top-three semiconductor suppliers — Intel Corp., Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. and Texas Instruments Inc. — all posted growth higher than the 3.6 percent market average, bolstering their top rankings. Intel extended its lead over the other players, with its market share rising to 15 percent, compared to 13.8 percent in 2004.
“Intel’s strong gains were driven by growth in the microprocessor market, which expanded by 16.1 percent in 2005,” said Dale Ford, vice president, market intelligence at iSuppli, in a statement. “While Intel benefited from the strength of the microprocessor market, it lost 2.9 percentage points of share during the year to Advanced Micro Devices Inc.”
In contrast, Intel performed better than any other competitor in the NOR flash memory market, which declined by 15.3 percent during 2005.
Samsung delivered the second-best revenue growth among the top 10 in 2005, with its sales rising by 9.2 percent to $17.2 billion, up from $15.8 billion in 2004.
“In a DRAM market that declined by 6.2 percent in 2005, Samsung managed to contain its revenue losses, and suffered only a 1 percent decrease in revenue,” Ford said. “In contrast, Samsung saw its NAND flash memory revenues leap by more than 47 percent in this red-hot market in 2005. However, in spite of this growth in a market where it commands more than 50 percent of the revenue, Samsung saw its market share in NAND flash fall by more than 5 percent in the face of an expanding group of competitors.”
TI, which was in the number-three position in the semiconductor market in 2005, saw its revenues grew by 5.1 percent, rising to $10.7 billion, up from $10.2 billion in 2004.
“Texas Instruments’ growth in 2005 was fueled by its performance in the digital signal processor (DSP), microcontroller and logic application specific standard product (ASSP) markets,” Ford said.
After falling out of the top five in 2005, fourth- and fifth-place suppliers Toshiba Corp. and STMicroelectronics regained their positions by the mere virtue of achieving positive revenue growth. On the other hand, Infineon Technologies and Renesas Technology fell from the top five as their revenues declined by 9.6 percent and 8.2 percent respectively.
With combined revenues of $5.97 billion in 2005, AMD would have jumped to number eight in the rankings, up from number 11 in 2004 — if AMD had not spun off its Spansion flash-memory division. Following the split, AMD was ranked at 15th and Spansion at 24th in 2005.
In other semiconductor ranking developments, only four companies among the top 20 achieved double digit growth in 2005: Intel, Hynix, IBM Microelectronics and Broadcom. Two companies experienced double digit declines: NEC Electronics and Matsushita Electric.