April 5, 2012 — The worldwide semiconductor market grew 2% in 2011 (ICs and OSDs), but several companies showed much bigger year-over-year changes, shows IC Insights’ Strategic Reviews Database. ON Semiconductor (ONNN) saw sales grow 49%, thanks in part to its buy of Sanyo’s semiconductor business. ONNN reached the top 25 list for the first time. Qualcomm saw a 38% increase in chip sales, based on a 73% increase in smartphone unit shipments last year and its Atheros buy. 1. Infineon grew 29% growth from continuing operations. Elpida watched its sales fall 40%.
The top 10 and top 25 semiconductor suppliers registered 7% and 4% growth, respectively. However, 15 of the top 25 semiconductor sales leaders posted negative results in 2011. Only 9 of the top 25 suppliers outperformed the total worldwide semiconductor industry 2011/2010 growth rate.
Table 1. 2011 top 25 semiconductor sales leaders ($M, including foundries). SOURCE: IC Insights’ Strategic Reviews Database.
|2011 rank||2010 rank||Company||Headquarters||2010 Total ICs||2010 Total OSD||2010 Total Semi||2011 Total IC||2011 Total OSD||2011 Total Semi||2011/10 % Change|
|4||4||Texas Instruments (TI)||US||12364||673||13037||12182||718||12900||-1|
|Top 10 Total||151975||8671||160646||162278||9315||171593||7|
|Top 25 Total||210660||18014||228674||218044||19687||237731||4|
Intel maintained its top spot among chip suppliers, extending its lead over Samsung by acquiring Infineon’s wireless IC business. Intel made 48% more in semiconductor sales than Samsung in 2011, doubling its margin over #2 in 2010.
Healthy growth in its graphics and communications processor business helped Nvidia jump five positions to #18.
Elpida fell six spots to #19 as the collapse in the DRAM market had a disastrous effect on the company. Elpida lost almost $1.2 billion in the second half of calendar 2011 and filed for bankruptcy in 1Q12.
Nvidia and TSMC saw 10% growth each.
Memory companies were usurped by faster-growing non-memory chip makers in 2011, a change from 2010. Of the big five memory suppliers in the top 25 ranking (i.e., Samsung, Toshiba, Hynix, Micron, and Elpida), only Samsung registered 2011/2010 growth.
Acquisitions made a big difference: ONNN, Qualcomm, and Intel semiconductor sales growth rates were significantly boosted by company and/or business segment acquisitions.
Table 2. 2011 top 25 semiconductor sales leaders ranked by growth rate ($M). SOURCE: IC Insights’ Strategic Reviews Database.
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