By way of Reuters, market analyst iSuppli reports that worldwide semiconductor sales will drop by a less-than-expected level in 2009. Chip sales will fall by 16.5 per cent, down to $216.5bn, rather than a 23 per cent decline as previously postulated by iSuppli.
Looking towards 2010, revenue is estimated to go up to $246bn, representing an increase of 13.8 per cent from this year, but down some $14bn from 2008 levels.
Further, iSuppli reckons that we'll have to wait until 2012 until annual growth is achieved, with sales forecasted at $282.7bn.
Of the big-name players, Intel will continue to make up the largest single-company portion of the revenue, at around 14 per cent of the multi-billion-dollar pie, followed by the likes of Samsung, Toshiba, Qualcomm and NEC.