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Freescale tops auto IC market in '06

Posted: 13 Feb 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Freescale? Infineon? STMicroelectronics? Renesas? automotive?

Research firm Databeans Inc. estimates that Freescale Semiconductor Inc. led in the automotive semiconductor market by a small margin over Infineon Technologies AG in 2006.

According to the firm, the top three suppliers to this marketFreescale, Infineon, and STMicroelectronics (ST)earned nearly one third of total worldwide revenue, which is reported at $18 billion for 2006. Other players in the market include Renesas Technology, NEC Electronics, NXP, Robert Bosch, Texas Instruments, Atmel and On Semiconductor.

The market for automotive semiconductors is expected to reach $29 billion by 2012, garnering a growth rate of 8 percent on average each year.

"The fastest growing segment within automotive semiconductor consumption is entertainment electronics," according to the report. "Safety systems are generating significant revenue as well, as side impact airbags are becoming more standard along with vehicle sensor systems."

Freescale boosted its share to 11 percent in 2006 due to new global partnerships with OEMs such as Siemens VDO and by jumping into the FlexRay arena. Infineon had 10 percent of the automotive market share in 2006, ST had 9 percent share, followed by Renesas with 7 percent and NEC with 6 percent, Datebeans said.

- Mark LaPedus
EE Times

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