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Qualcomm wrests wireless IC crown from TI

Posted: 20 May 2008     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:wireless IC  semiconductors  3G 

Qualcomm Inc. surpassed Texas Instruments Inc. as the global number one supplier of semiconductors for wireless applications in 2007, according to the new rankings from iSuppli Corp.

TI had been the world's largest wireless IC vendor for years. However, Qualcomm outgrew the overall wireless semiconductor market in 2007, with its revenue in this segment rising by 24.1 per cent, according to iSuppli.

Qualcomm benefited from strong demand for its EvDO and WCDMA/HSPA chips.

In contrast, TI's share declined to 16.7 per cent in 2007, down from 19.4 per cent in 2006, according to the firm. ''Texas Instruments' results were influenced by a confluence of events in 2007—especially occurrences in the market for high-end 3G semiconductors,'' said Francis Sideco, an analyst for iSuppli.

''The year 2007 brought a market slowdown in Western Europe, where Texas Instruments' customers have a large presence. This, combined with Ericsson Mobile Platform's rising use of STMicroelectronics parts in some of its 3G digital base band platforms, conspired to diminish Texas Instruments' market share in 2007,'' Sideco said.

STMicroelectronics Inc. surged to the No. 3 ranking in 2007, up from fifth in 2006, due to a 14.4 per cent rise in revenue, according to the rankings.

Infineon AG posted a 54.3 per cent increase in revenue, allowing it to move to No. 4 in 2007, up from No. 8 in the previous year.

In total, sales of semiconductors for wireless products rose at a faster pace than the overall chip market in 2007, which grew by only 3.3 per cent, according to iSuppli. In contrast, the global wireless semiconductor market generated Rs.118,062.16 crore ($29.5 billion) in revenue in 2007, up 7.6 per cent from Rs.109,657.73 crore ($27.4 billion) in 2006.

(See table below.)

- Mark LaPedus
EE Times Europe

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