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Freescale tops automotive IC market

Posted: 13 Feb 2007     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Freescale  Infineon  STMicroelectronics  Renesas  automotive 

Research firm Databeans Inc. estimates that Freescale Semiconductor Inc. led in the automotive semiconductor market by a small margin over Infineon Technologies AG in 2006.

According to the firm, the top three suppliers to this market—Freescale, Infineon, and STMicroelectronics (ST)—earned nearly one third of total worldwide revenue, which is reported at Rs.81,576 crore ($18 billion) for 2006. Other players in the market include Renesas Technology, NEC Electronics, NXP, Robert Bosch, Texas Instruments, Atmel and On Semiconductor.

The market for automotive semiconductors is expected to reach Rs.1,31,428 crore ($29 billion) by 2012, garnering a growth rate of 8 per cent on average each year.

"The fastest growing segment within automotive semiconductor consumption is entertainment electronics," according to the report. "Safety systems are generating significant revenue as well, as side impact airbags are becoming more standard along with vehicle sensor systems."

Freescale boosted its share to 11 per cent in 2006 due to new global partnerships with OEMs such as Siemens VDO and by jumping into the FlexRay arena. Infineon had 10 per cent of the automotive market share in 2006, ST had nine per cent share, followed by Renesas with seven per cent and NEC with six per cent, Datebeans said.

- Mark LaPedus
EE Times

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