The world’s biggest chipmaker Intel will grow its market share this year, while its smaller rival Advanced Micro Devices will fall off the top 10 list, predicted researcher iSuppli in a new report.
Intel succeeded in defending much of the PC microprocessor market share it won from AMD during the first quarter of this year, thanks to its new dual- and quad-core chips, said iSuppli head of market intelligence Dale Ford. This represents a major reversal of fortune compared to 2006, when AMD had the advantage with its popular dual-core microprocessors, allowing it to gain share from Intel, Ford said.
Intel’s market-share rose to 12.5% in 2007, up from 12.1% last year. After rising into the top-10 rankings for the first time ever last year, AMD’s revenue decline is expected to cause it to drop back to 11th place in 2007, down from eighth place in 2006, iSuppli forecast. AMD’s semiconductor revenue this year is set to fall to $5.8bn, down from $7.5bn last year.
Samsung Electronics looks set to retain its No. 2 ranking with 7.4% of the market. Toshiba will push Texas Instruments out of third place to number four, according to iSuppli.
Total semiconductor sales are forecast to grow 4.1% this year from last year to reach $271bn.
Amid slowing growth for semiconductor sales, companies that have superior execution or that have been better able to capitalise on industry trends or events outperformed the market, iSuppli said.