AMD is back in the saddle. After dropping out of the top-10 semiconductor supplier rankings and slipping into 12th place last year, AMD will emerge in ninth place this year, according to a round of preliminary numbers by iSuppli.
The market research firm has compiled a complete scoreboard showing this year's predicted top-20 semiconductor suppliers, their revenue, and how their performance compares to last year's. Behold:
|2008 rank||2009 rank||Company name||2008 revenue||2009 revenue||Percent change||Percent of total|
AMD isn't the only one to have gained ground—STMicroelectronics and Hynix did, as well. That said, iSuppli expects only one of the companies in the top 10 will actually achieve revenue growth in 2009: Samsung, which is sitting steady in the number-two spot.
iSuppli believes the semiconductor market as a whole will see a 12.4% revenue decline compared to 2008. As bad as that sounds, it actually beats the 20% drop the firm predicted earlier this year. Also, sequential revenue drops only took place in Q4 2008 and Q1 2009. iSuppli notes that semiconductor sales "rebounded smartly after that," growing by more than 18% in both Q2 and Q3. The firm expects fourth-quarter growth to amount to 5%.