Intel still top dog

Intel is still the world’s largest chip maker by revenue for the eighteenth consecutive year in 2009, according the Gartner Group.

Big G said that despite an overall decline in the global chip market, Intel’s share of the chip market reached 14.6 percent in 2009, up from 13.6 percent in 2008.

In its Semiconductor DQ Monday Report, Gartner said that the global chip market declined 10.5 percent last year overall to US$228.4 billion, down $28.6 billion from a year earlier.

This was mostly due to that pesky global recession that saw several companies file for bankruptcy.

South Korea’s memory chip giants were the only two companies to post revenue growth in 2009, Gartner said, Samsung maintained its second place rank globally with $17.7 billion in revenue, up from $17.4 billion last year. The company took a 7.7 percent share of the global chip market. Its revenue was a little over half of Intel’s.

Hynix saw revenue rise to $6.04 billion from $6.01 billion and it moved to seventh place from ninth in global chip rankings, with a 2.6 percent share of the market.

The top five chip makers on Gartner’s ranking were the same as last year — Intel, Samsung, Toshiba, Texas Instruments and STMicroelectronics, in that order.

AMD was the only new company to appear in Big G’s top ten list. It ranked number nine.