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Qualcomm bests TI in wireless IC market

Posted: 22 May 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:wireless IC market? W-CDMA? chip market?

New rankings from market iSuppli Corp. showed that Qualcomm Inc. once again toppled Texas Instruments Inc. as the world's leading supplier of semiconductors for wireless applications in 2007.

For years, TI had been the top wireless IC vendor but in 2007, Qualcomm outgrew the overall wireless semiconductor market, with its revenue in this segment rising by 24.1 percent, according to iSuppli.

Qualcomm benefitted from strong demand for its EvDO and W-CDMA/HSPA chips. In contrast, TI's share declined to 16.7 percent in 2007, down from 19.4 percent in 2006, according to the firm. "Texas Instruments' results were influenced by a confluence of events in 2007especially occurrences in the market for high-end 3G semiconductors," said Francis Sideco, an analyst for iSuppli.

"The year 2007 brought a market slowdown in Western Europe, where TI's customers have a large presence. This, combined with Ericsson Mobile Platform's rising use of STMicroelectronics parts in some of its 3G digital baseband platforms, conspired to diminish TI's market share in 2007," Sideco added.

STMicroelectronics Inc. surged to the No. 3 position in 2007, up from the fifth spot in 2006, due to a 14.4 percent rise in revenue, according to the rankings. Infineon Technologies AG posted a 54.3 percent increase in revenue and moved to fourth place in 2007 from eighth the previous year.

In total, semiconductors sales for wireless products rose at a faster pace than the overall chip market in 2007, iSuppli said. The global wireless semiconductor market generated $29.5 billion in revenue in 2007, up 7.6 percent from $27.4 billion in 2006. In contrast, the global market for all kinds of semiconductors grew by only 3.3 percent during the same period.

- Mark LaPedus
EE Times

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