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IC Insights: Top 20 semiconductor suppliers

Posted: 09 Nov 2012     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:foundries  semiconductor supplier  top 20  fabless  IDMs 

Three pure-play foundries TSMC, Globalfoundires, and UMC are expected to be in the top 20 ranking of leading semiconductor suppliers in 2012, according to IC Insights report.

Combined, these three foundries are forecast to log a 16 per cent increase in 2012/2011 sales, quite impressive considering the expected 2 per cent decline in the worldwide semiconductor market this year.

Moreover, GlobalFoundries, Qualcomm, and TSMC are expected to register strong double-digit growth this year.

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The top 5 spots in the 2012 ranking is that fabless supplier Qualcomm is forecast to register a 30 per cent surge in sales this year and move up three positions to replace TI as the fourth largest semiconductor supplier.

In contrast, Freescale is forecast to register a 14 per cent decline in semiconductor revenue this year and drop down three positions from 16th in 2011 to 19th in the 2012 ranking.

"With the continued success of the fabless companies as well as the strong movement by many IDMs (Integrated Device Manufacturers like TI, Renesas, ST, etc.) to the fab-lite business model, IC Insights expects the IC foundries to witness very strong demand for their services over the next few years."

In total, the top 20 semiconductor suppliers are forecast to register a 1 per cent decline in sales this year (about Rs.17,391.30 crore ($3.2 billion)), one point better than the rate of decline expected for the total worldwide semiconductor market in 2012.

Sales from pure-play foundry GlobalFoundries are forecast to jump by a strong 31 per cent while TSMC is expected to show a healthy 17 per cent increase this year. Considering that AMD, the original "parent" and largest customer of GlobalFoundries, is forecast to show a steep 17 per cent sales decline this year, it is obvious that GlobalFoundries' current spike in revenue is being driven mostly by its success in attracting new IC foundry customers (e.g., ST, Freescale, Qualcomm, etc.). As a result of its excellent performance this year, GlobalFoundries is forecast to replace Elpida and move into the top 20 ranking for the first time, rising from the 21st spot in 2011 to 15th place in 2012.

The continued success of the fabless/foundry business model is evident when examining the top 20 semiconductor suppliers ranked by growth rate.

The top five performers are expected to include three fabless companies (Qualcomm, Nvidia, and Broadcom) and two pure-play foundries (GlobalFoundries and TSMC).

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In addition, 12 of the top 20 ranked companies are forecast to register a sales decline this year.

For more statistics and forecasts, click here.

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