Intel carries on being number one -

Market research company iSuppli provided a listing of the top semiconductor companies in the world - and while it was a bleak year for many in the industry, there were clear winners and losers.

But as the market recovered, according to iSuppli, Intel and AMD managed to limit declines by four percent and 4.6 percent respectively.

Only two segments escaped the downturn during 2009 - manufacturers of NAND flash and manufacturers of LEDs. LEDs had a good year as vendors of TFT-LCD monitors and TVs turned their attention to backlighting using the technology. LED maker Seoul Semi saw revenues jump by 90 percent, said iSuppli.

And Asian companies like Samsung and Hynix also saw growth in 2009, due to the demand for NAND flash. Taiwanese suppliers also managed to buck the trend - MediaTek, Nanya and Macronix had growth figures of 22.6 percent, 21.2 percent and 14.4 percent, compared to 2008.

Dale Ford, senior VP of market intelligence services for iSuppli, described the year as "dismal" for the semi industry. "Suppliers based in Asia Pacific managed to eke out some growth in 2009 as they focused on hot semiconductor products and capitalised on strong demand from the region.

Asia-Pacific only declined by 5.3 percent in 2009, with Japan suffering a 20.7 percent drop, EMEA 20.5 percent, and the Americas 10.5 percent.

Here are iSuppli's figures for the top 10 rankings worldwide. Revenues are in millions of dollars US.

2008 2009 Vendor 2008 revs 2009 revs % change
1 1 Intel 33,767 32,410 -4%
2 2 Samsung Electronics 16,902 17,496 3.5%
3 3 Toshiba 11,081 10,319 -6.9%
4 4 Texas Instruments 11,068 9,671 -12.6%
5 5 ST Microelectronics 10,325 8,510 -17.6%
8 6 Qualcomm 6,477 6,409 -1.1%
9 7 Hynix 6,023 6,246 3.7%
12 8 AMD 5,455 5,207 -4.6%
6 9 Renesas Technology 7,017 5,153 -26.6%
7 10 Sony 6,950 4,468 -35.7%