That exceeds the $223 billion reached in 2000 and amounts to a 6.9 percent increase over 2004. The companies that participated in high-growthsuch as , and those who aligned themselves with successful original equipment manufacturers have gained the most, Gartner reported.
"Strong growth in the NAND flash market was a recurring theme in the 2005 market share rankings," Andrew Norwood, research vice president at Gartner, said in a statement. "The continuing strong demand for and in 2005, along with the successful launch of the by Apple (Computer) at the start of 2005 and the release later in the year of the , will drive this device market to the highest revenue performance in 2005."
, recording revenue growth of 14.3 percent. This year, the chipmaker's growth was double the market average, unlike the previous three years, when the growth was lower than the market average. Samsung, with 7.6 percent of the market, was ranked second. It holds the top position in certain categories: DRAM, SRAM and NAND flash markets.
Texas Instruments retained its No. 3 position, while Toshiba moved from seventh to fourth place, Gartner said.
figures in the top-10 ranking for the first time. Its revenue from NAND flash chips is projected to rise to $1.5 billion, up from $212 million in 2004. , which was in the ninth position in 2004, and were out of the top-10 list. But, Gartner analysts said, these two firms could make it again to the top rankings next year.
and , both in the top 10 this year, are planning initial public offerings for their respective memory operations in 2006, and this would result in smaller vendors placed outside the top 10.
Gartner said its relative industry performance index measured the difference between industry-specific growth for a company and actual growth. On this index,got the best ranking by outgrowing its category by 23.4 percent. and AMD (including its joint venture with Fujitsu, Spansion) have gained share in their existing markets. and underperformed their respective markets by more than 10 percent.
"Semiconductor manufacturers need to watch the performance of their end customers ever more closely, as a major part of the industry becomes increasingly tied to consumer spending patterns," Norwood said. "The loss of market share in an end application such as mobile phones by a vendor customer can have a dramatic effect on the semiconductor vendor's business."