Dataquest says worldwide semiconductor market dropped to $134.8bn in 1998

Dataquest says worldwide semiconductor market dropped to $134.8bn in 1998
Tom Foremski
Last year was the worst year for the global chip industry since 1985 according to US market research firm Dataquest.
Chip sales in 1998 were $134.8bn, dropping by 8.4 per cent for $147.2bn in 1997. The steep drop was attributed to over capacity in DRAMs and also a drop in demand in other chip categories which lowered average selling prices.
Intel still retained its top position as the world’s largest semiconductor with sales growing just under 5 per cent to $22.8bn firm with NEC coming in second at $8.1bn in sales, a more than 20 per cent drop from the previous year. Motorola was ranked third with a 12 per cent decline to $7bn. Lucent Technologies reported the strongest growth among the top twenty chip makers with revenues growing about 16 per cent to $3.2bn earning it a rank of 14 compared with number 15 in 1997.


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