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Ranking the Semiconductor Market Leaders

IDC's new "Worldwide Semiconductor Market Forecaster" report predicts that the 2007 revenue slowdown in the global semiconductor market will make way to a healthier year in 2008.

The worldwide semiconductor market will grow at a conservative rate of 4.8 percent in 2007, compared to 8.8 percent in 2006. IDC expects growth to resume at 8.1 percent in 2008 based on the current global outlook.

An even healthier outcome could be realized, should capacity expansion be more tempered in 2008 and growth in demand remain strong. Elsewhere, market trends point to ongoing mergers and acquisitions that will reshape the competitive landscape and bring traditional suppliers back to the forefront.

"The semiconductor market oversupply in 1H07 has tempered the revenue forecast of major suppliers and will put pressure on margins for the remainder of the year," said Gopal Chauhan, program manager, Worldwide Semiconductor Market Forecaster at IDC.

"While broad base inventory correction for suppliers has bottomed out, pricing pressure will continue due to competition and volume growth coming from emerging regions which drive lower priced SKUs."

In 2006, the top 10 semiconductor vendors accounted for 48 percent of the worldwide market revenue. Intel, Samsung and Texas Instruments (TI) held on to the number 1, 2 and 3 positions respectively, with TI showing the highest growth percentage in revenue among the top three leaders.

With the exception of Intel, Renesas, and NXP, all other vendors in IDC's 2006 top 10 ranking showed positive growth. Hynix grew at an amazing rate of 43 percent over the same period thanks to the company's growing position in DRAM and NAND.

IDC's market study uncovered the following long-term trends:

- Emerging regions will boost semiconductor volume growth.

- Multimedia capable mobile phones continue to drive semiconductor content and demand for processing, memory consumption, and power management.

- Personal computing further migrates toward mobility and low-priced form factors.

- Video processing proliferates across multiple consumer electronic segments, resulting in strong growth for semiconductor suppliers.

- Semiconductor connectivity technologies drive new usage models across device segments.

- Growth in personal content implies increasing need for storage, including NAND.

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