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Worldwide Semiconductor Market Grew 24% in 2010 to $283 Billion

Wed, 04/20/2011 - 7:45am
SAN MATEO, Calif. -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Worldwide semiconductor revenues increased more than 24% year over year to $282 billion in 2010, according to the latest version of the International Data Corporation (IDC) Semiconductor Application Forecaster (SAF). The industry recovery was strong and broad last year across all market verticals, regions, and semiconductor device categories.

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 SAF tracks more than 100 semiconductor companies, most of which experienced strong growth in 2010.

Intel, with total semiconductor revenues of $41.9 billion in 2010, once again was the overall market leader. Samsung was the number 2 vendor overall with revenues of $27.6 billion, which increased its semiconductor revenue market share by 2% over 2009. Rounding out the top 5 chip suppliers were Texas Instruments, Toshiba, and Hynix.

Renesas Electronics, the merged company of Renesas and NEC, was the number 6 vendor overall, just missing the top 5. Together, the top 10 vendors represented 51% of the overall market revenues, an increase of 6% over 2009. Many companies grew revenues substantially over the industry average.

Among them were memory, analog, and microcontroller vendors, in addition to many that serve the communication and consumer market segments. Notable small-medium sized companies experiencing strong growth in 2010 were Trident Microsystems, Spreadtrum Communications, NetLogic, Aptina, Seoul Semiconductor, ICERA, Cavium, and Atheros. Apple, with its semiconductor revenues coming from A4 chips, experienced year-over-year growth of more than 130% in 2010.

Within the semiconductor device types, more and more data processing and communication chips are being designed for specific applications. "There is a definite migration to Smart System on a Chip (SSoCs) as device applications move to embrace high-level operating systems, connectivity, and application processing capabilities," said Mali Venkatesan, research manager, Semiconductors at IDC, who led the study and compiled the SAF results.

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