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 user 2008-02-25 at 2:14:00 pm Views: 60
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    HP Was 2007′s Top Chip-Buyer
    Hewlett-Packard bought the most chips last year, but Nintendo outgrew most with its Wii, Gartner analysts say.
    February 25, 2008 Hewlett-Packard bought US$15 billion worth of
    semiconductors in 2007, more than any other company in the world,
    market researcher Gartner said Monday.

    The top 10 chip
    purchasers combined for $91 billion last year, just a 1 percent rise
    over 2006, Gartner said in its Semiconductor DQ Monday Report.Most of
    the world’s semiconductors went into data processing gear last year, 38
    percent, while communications took 35 percent of all chips and consumer
    goods claimed 20 percent. Chips made for industrial use accounted for 5
    percent of global chip revenue, while automotive chips were just 2
    percent.Nintendo jumped in the rankings of global chip purchasers last
    year as its chip consumption more than doubled due to strong sales of
    the Wii game console and DS handheld, Gartner said. The company bought
    $3.6 billion worth of chips last year, over 100 percent growth compared
    to a year earlier.

    Gartner credited Nintendo’s focus on the user
    experience, its expertise in software, integration of sensors, and
    relationship with game developers for its success last year.”Companies
    such as Nintendo are trendsetters, and their design choices affect
    other manufacturers,” said Gartner analysts Alfonso Velosa and Jon
    Erensen in the report. “We expect many electronics firms to experiment
    with touch screens, non-optical and optical sensors, and multiple
    wireless technologies — but many of these offerings will fail, due to
    poor software and user interface integration. However, these activities
    should result in growth opportunities for semiconductor firms that
    provide relevant components.”