The chips are certainly not down for the semiconductor industry, with market research firm Gartner announcing the total market was up 30% ($70.7 billion) in 2010, totaling almost $300 billion.
Santa Clara based chip maker Intel topped the market for the 19th consecutive year, despite a small drop in share price.
Korean firm Samsung was hot on Intel’s heels though after a good year of growth in the DRAM and NAND flash markets.
Another NAND flash competitor, Toshiba, also did well in 2010, growing its revenue by 28.7% thanks to flash memory’s increasing importance in the mobile device market.
Coming in a respectable 10th place on the list was Broadcom, which had a remarkable 2010, gaining a whopping 53% and moving up two places in the semiconductor charts thanks mainly to growth in the infrastructure, networking, broadband and mobile markets.
Gartner’s relative industry performance system also highlighted Broadcom, Marvell, Samsung and NXP as the best performing companies in 2010, outperforming the industry in their relevant markets by at least 10%.
Gartner’s losers, according to the system, were Rohm, Renesas, Nvidia and MediaTek, who all underperformed the industry by around 10%