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Top 10 chipmakers hang onto high rankings

The rankings of the top 10 semiconductor manufacturers hardly changed at all in 2003, according to a report from Semico Research. Intel once again was the top producer, accounting for 16.2 percent of all semiconductors manufactured during the year. Samsung, again No. 2, accounted for 5.8 percent of overall semiconductor output due to strong sales of its flash memory. Texas Instruments saw its share of chip output climb to 4.9 percent of the market to surpass Renesas, the memory conglomerate formed from Hitachi and Mitsubishi's DRAM (dynamic random access memory) businesses, as the No. 3 chip producer.

No companies slipped out of the top 10. Only Samsung, TI and Infineon saw their portion of output increase. Out of the top 10, Motorola saw its share of total output slip the most.