iSuppli releases its preliminary 2008 top-20 chip rankings as semiconductor suppliers fall upon hard times.
Intel, Samsung, Texas Instruments, Toshiba, and STMicroelectronics occupy the top five positions, while Advanced Micro Devices was No. 11 and Nvidia No. 20 in the ranking.
Memory chip manufacturers are some of the hardest hit. South Korea-based Hynix, which dropped from No. 6 to No. 9, and Micron Technology (No. 16) are both restructuring. Micron is reducing staff and shutting down facilities, while Hynix seeks outside investors.
Micron is expected to post a 9.2 percent revenue decrease in 2008 and Hynix's revenue should … Read more