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2013 top 20 IC supplier ranking to see major change

Posted: 11 Nov 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:IC Insights? SK Hynix? MediaTek? Micron? Qualcomm?

IC Insights is set to show a preliminary ranking of the top 25 semiconductor suppliers this year. The top 20 worldwide semiconductor (IC and O-S-Doptoelectronic, discrete and sensor) sales leaders forecast for 2013 include nine suppliers headquartered in the U.S., three in Japan, three in Europe, three in Taiwan and two in South Korea.

The top-20 ranking includes three pure-play foundries (TSMC, GlobalFoundries and UMC) and five fabless companies. IC foundries are included in the top-20 semiconductor supplier ranking because IC Insights has always viewed the ranking as a top supplier list, not as a market share ranking, and realises that in some cases semiconductor sales are double counted. With many of our clients being vendors to the semiconductor industry (supplying equipment, chemicals, gases, etc.), excluding large IC manufacturers like the foundries would leave significant "holes" in the list of top semiconductor suppliers. Excluding the foundries of TSMC, GlobalFoundries and UMC, from the top-20 ranking would bring Fujitsu ($3,524 million), Marvell ($3,205 million) and Sharp ($3,078 million) into the 18th, 19th and 20th positions, respectively.

2013 top 20 IC supplier ranking to see major change

There are numerous changes expected within the top-20 semiconductor ranking in 2013 as compared to the top 20 ranking of 2012. Some of the companies forecast to rise in the ranking include SK Hynix, which, despite a significant fire and production set-back at its largest memory fab in China, is taking full advantage of the surge in the DRAM market this year and is expected to move up three places and into the top 5. Also, Broadcom is forecast to edge into the top 10, Micron is expected to move up two spots, spurred by its acquisition of Elpida in 3Q13, and MediaTek is forecast to jump up six positions to 16th place and into the top-20 ranking for the first time.


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