Top 20 chip suppliers see 8% revenue increase in 1H11

The top 20 semiconductor suppliers registered a collective sales growth of 8% in the first half of 2011 compared to a year earlier, according to IC Insights. The growth outpaced the overall 4% increase that the worldwide semiconductor market posted during the same period.

According to the market research firm, Intel remained firmly in control of the number one spot in the ranking, extending its lead over second ranked Samsung by 43%. Visual computing technologies specialist, Nvidia made the top 20 list for the first time. Of the big five memory suppliers in the top 20 ranking (including Samsung, Toshiba, Hynix, Micron, and Elpida), only Samsung and Toshiba were said to have registered growth. DRAM specialist Elpida experienced the worst performance, with a sharp 37% drop in revenue. In total, IC Insights anticipates modest growth in the worldwide semiconductor market for the second half of 2011. The research firm said it expects the market to grow at a rate of 6%, yielding a full year 2011 semiconductor industry growth rate of 5%.