Research house and market intelligence consultancy iSuppliis reflecting on a “forgettable” year after revealing sobering preliminarymarket-share figures for the semiconductor industry.
Despite steep declines in sales at six of the 10 largestsemiconductor suppliers, such as Texas Instruments and Sony, iSuppli marketintelligence services senior vice president Dale Ford said that a 16.9% plungein sales of memory integrated circuits (ICs) was instrumental in driving down totalglobal semiconductor revenues by 2%.
“For the memory IC business, 2008 can only be described asdisastrous,” 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’sQimonda 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 thin that can be said about the 16.9%decline in memory revenue in 2008 is that it plaes in comparison to the 48.2%plunge in 2001,” Ford remarked.