Gartner, Inc. is an information technology research and advisory firm headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut. It was known as The Gartner Group until 2001.
In their recent share analysis on the revenue for 2008 , they have reported about a decline in revenue for the semiconductor industry by $12 billion dollars .
“… 2009 is going to be considerably worse. Some have compared the precipitous decline in semiconductor demand to that of the 2001 ‘dot-com’ bubble. However, unlike 2001, this economic downturn is much more broad-based and not limited primarily to the technology sector.” : Andrew Norwood, research vice president at Gartner.
Some major excerpts from the Gartner report :
- Intel held the No. 1 position for the 17th consecutive year, and it increased its market share to 13.1 percent in 2008.
- Qualcomm experienced the strongest growth rate among the top 10 vendors, as its revenue increased 15 percent in 2008.
- Hynix Semiconductor suffered the steepest decline among the top 10 semiconductor vendors in 2008, as revenue dropped 29.7 percent. Hynix was one of the companies that was hit hardest by the price drop of DRAM and NAND, which was caused by excess supply. All vendors focused on the DRAM and NAND flash markets experienced strong revenue declines due to oversupply and strong price reductions.
- Infineon had a tough year as its memory subsidiary, Qimonda, which it is looking to divest, is becoming marginalized within the DRAM industry.
Complete official report available here.