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Chip sales to grow 7% in 2012

Posted: 01 May 2012     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:semiconductor market  microprocessors  NAND  DRAM  market research 

Global semiconductor revenues increased more than 3.7 per cent year over year to Rs.15.36 lakh crore ($301 billion) in 2011, according to a new report from IDC. However, IDC expects 2012 semiconductor revenue growth to be in the 6-7 per cent range.

Device applications, such as smartphones, media tablets and e-readers, automotive infotainment, notebook PCs, datacenter servers, and wireless and wired communication infrastructure drove robust consumption of semiconductors.

IDC's tracks more than 100 semiconductor companies. Over 40 of these companies experienced year-over-year revenue growth greater than 5 per cent, while about the same number of companies saw their revenue decline by more than 5 per cent.

Intel, with total semiconductor revenues of Rs.2.64 lakh crore ($51.8 billion) in 2011, once again was the overall market leader. It increased its share of the semiconductor market by three per cent. Samsung was the number two vendor overall with revenues of Rs.1.48 lakh crore ($29 billion). Rounding out the top 5 chip suppliers were Texas Instruments, Toshiba, and Renesas Electronics, the latter two benefiting from the strong yen relative to the U.S. dollar. The next five suppliers were Qualcomm, Hynix, STMicro, Micron, and Broadcom.

Together, the top 10 vendors represented 53 per cent of total worldwide semiconductor revenues, an increase of 3 per cent over 2010. The top 25 vendors captured 72 per cent of overall semiconductor revenues for the year.

Apple enjoyed a 140 per cent y-o-y semiconductor revenue growth. Other companies with strong growth were Qualcomm, ON Semiconductor, Intel, and Renesas Electronics.

Notable small-to-medium sized companies experiencing strong growth in 2011 were Spredtrum Communications, CoreLogic, Microsemi, Sequans, Icera, MegaChips, Nichia Chemical, Osram, RobertBosch, Skyworks, and Cavium.

Within the semiconductor device types, microprocessors registered strong growth due to high demand and increased ASPs for Intel's chips. Similarly NAND revenues also increased. However, DRAM saw revenue decline more than 25 per cent due to supply glut and falling ASPs. Pure play DRAM vendor Elpida Memory saw revenue declines of 40 per cent in 2011.

Both Asia/Pacific and Americas showed growth above the industry average, while Japan and Europe showed negative growth.

According to IDC, a number of mergers and acquisitions came to fruition in 2011, most notably Qualcomm–Atheros, Texas Instruments–National Semiconductor, SMSC–Conexant, Broadcom–NetLogic, CSR–Zoran, and Microsemi–Zarlink. This trend is expected to continue in 2012.

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