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Samsung, and Infineon Forecast to Jump in Top Ten

DRAMs and Cellular Phone ICs Drive 1999 Growth
According to IC Insights’ Research

Arizona — October 28, 1999 —
IC Insights’
forecast of the 1999 top ten worldwide
semiconductor producers is shown in Figure 1. In
total, the 1999 top ten semiconductor producers are
forecast to grow by 16 percent (about equal to the
worldwide total market increase).

It is
obvious that no company is on the verge of
challenging Intel for the number one ranking.
However, after conceding the number one spot to
Intel, the remainder of the top ten company
rankings are forecast to display some volatility in


is forecast to display the highest growth rate of
the top ten companies, mostly due to the strong
second-half 1999 DRAM market. As shown, Samsung is
expected to gain two spots in the 1999 ranking.

is also expected to jump two spots in the rankings,
moving from the 10th spot in 1998 to number 8 in
1999. The company is forecast to benefit from the
rebound in the DRAM market as well as a surge in
analog sales to the communications system market.

other high-growth companies in 1999’s top ten
ranking are TI and STMicroelectronics. Both
companies are taking advantage of their strengths
in leading-edge products. TI is riding the cellular
handset boom (+58 percent unit volume growth in
1999) with its analog and DSP products. ST is also
taking advantage of the cellular handset surge with
its flash memory products. As shown, ST is forecast
to surpass the $5.0 billion dollar semiconductor
sales level in 1999.

three Japanese companies in the forecasted 1999 top
ten ranking are all expected to show only moderate
growth. Moreover, most of 1999’s growth for these
companies will result from exchange rate
fluctuations, as the yen per dollar exchange rate
moves from 131¥/$1.00 in 1998 to
114¥/$1.00 in 1999. Were it not for exchange
rate fluctuations, growth rates for the three
Japanese companies would be single-digit amounts.

IC Insights

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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