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AUGUST 6, 1999 PRESS RELEASE


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DRAM Market Impacts Top Ten Ranking


Samsung and Infineon Better Their Positions
According to IC Insights’ Research.


Scottsdale, Arizona — August 6, 1999 —
The
top five positions in worldwide top ten
semiconductor supplier rankings remained unchanged
for the first half of 1999 compared to 1998.
However, the sixth through tenth positions in the
rankings were very volatile according to statistics
recently generated by IC Insights, Inc. (Figure 1).

A
stronger DRAM market, in comparison to 1998, helped
both Samsung and Infineon jump two positions in the
ranking in the first half of 1999. As shown,
Philips dropped three positions, from seventh to
tenth, and was the only top ten company to display
first-half 1999 sales that were less than 50
percent of its 1998 revenue. It is interesting to
note the relatively small sales difference–about
$500 million–between Samsung, the sixth ranked
company, and Philips, the tenth ranked supplier.

IC
Insights forecasts a 10 percent increase in the
worldwide semiconductor market in the second half
of 1999 compared to the first half of the year,
with a total 1999 increase of 13 percent over 1998.
IC Insights believes that stable average selling
prices (ASPs) will lead to strong second half
results in the DRAM and MPU markets. Consequently,
first-half 1999 worldwide top ten semiconductor
company rankings are likely to remain intact after
the full-year sales figures are registered.



Figure 1


About IC Insights

IC
Insights, Inc., based in Scottsdale, Arizona, is
dedicated to providing high-quality, cost-effective
market research for the integrated circuit
industry. Founded in October 1997, IC Insights
offers coverage of global economic trends, the IC
market forecast, capital spending and fab capacity
trends, product market details, and technology
trends, as well as complete IC company profiles and
evaluations of emerging markets for ICs.


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