Research house and market intelligence consultancy iSuppli is reflecting on a “forgettable” year after revealing sobering preliminary market-share figures for the semiconductor industry.
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Despite steep declines in sales at six of the 10 largest semiconductor suppliers, such as Texas Instruments and Sony, iSuppli market intelligence services senior vice president Dale Ford said that a 16.9% plunge in sales of memory integrated circuits (ICs) was instrumental in driving down total global semiconductor revenues by 2%.
“For the memory IC business, 2008 can only be described as disastrous,” Ford lamented.
IC memory suppliers including South Korea’s Hynix, down 29%, and Samsung Electronics, down9%, as well as Japanese competitor Toshiba, will be particularly badly burned, while in Europe, Germany’s Qimonda is likely to see its sales drop by over 40%.
Other memory segments, including DRAM, SRAM and NAND flash, have also been tumbling, analysts said.
“About the only good thing that can be said about the 16.9% decline in memory revenue in 2008 is that it pales in comparison to the 48.2% plunge in 2001,” Ford remarked.