Global Chip Market Growth Back to Double Digits

The worldwide chip market experienced double-digit growth in 1999, for the first time in four years, according to a report from research company Dataquest Inc. released today.

Global semiconductor revenue reached US$160 billion last year, a 17.6 percent increase over figures for 1998, according to the Dataquest report.

Intel Corp. clearly dominated the worldwide chips market in 1999, with $25.8 billion in revenue, up 13.3 percent from the previous year. With 16.1 percent market share, Intel was also the only chip company to experience double-digit market share, more than the next three companies combined, Dataquest said in a statement issued today.

NEC Corp. followed Intel both in revenue and market share terms, the same position the Japanese company held in 1998. The vendor reported $9.2 billion in revenue in 1999, up 12 percent from the previous year's figures.

In third position, up from a fourth place ranking in 1998, Toshiba Corp.'s revenue rose 28.4 percent year on year to $7.6 billion in 1999. South Korean company Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. had the strongest growth of the top ten global chip vendors, with revenue up 49.5 percent in 1999 to reach $7.1 billion.

Texas Instruments Inc. tied with Samsung for fourth position in 1999, with the U.S. vendor also posting revenue of $7.1 billion, showing an increase of 22 percent over the previous year. Motorola Inc. was the only company in the top ten to report a decrease in growth with a fall in revenue of 9.4 percent in 1999 to $6.4 billion.

Hitachi Ltd.'s revenue grew 18.3 percent to $5.5 billion, STMicroelectronics NV grew 21 percent to $5.1 billion, Philips Electronics NV grew 13.9 percent to $5.1 billion, and Infineon Technologies (formerly known as Siemens Semiconductors) grew 28.2 percent to $5 billion in 1999.

The remaining chip manufacturers had combined revenue of $76.2 billion last year, up 18.4 percent from 1998 figures, for a total market share of 47.6 percent.

Dataquest, owned by Gartner Group Inc. and located in Stamford, Connecticut, can be contacted at +1 203-964-0096, or at http://www.dataquest.com/.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

More about DataquestGartnerGartnerHitachi AustraliaInfineonInfineon TechnologiesIntelMotorolaNECPhilipsPhilips Electronics AustraliaSamsungSamsung Electronics AustraliaSiemensSTMicroelectronicsTexas Instruments AustraliaToshiba

Show Comments