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Semicast: Renesas tops list of car chip suppliers

Posted: 14 Mar 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:automotive? semiconductor? market report?

Renesas Electronics was the leading supplier of semiconductors to the automotive sector in 2010, according to a report from Semicast Research, followed by Infineon Technologies, STMicroelectronics, Freescale Semiconductor and Bosch.

Renesas, which was formed following the merger of Renesas Technology and NEC Electronics, had an estimated market share of 11 percent. At second place, Infineon had an estimated market share of 7.9 percent, closely followed by STMicroelectronics with 7.7 percent. Freescale, which for many years had the top spot in the segment, had only about half of Renesas' market share at 5.8 percent, with Bosh gaining a spot at the top five with 5.5 percent.

Overall, the list of suppliers making up the top ten leading positions was unchanged from 2009, with Texas Instruments, NXP, Toshiba, Fujitsu and ON Semiconductor completing the group that together holds 55.3 percent of the total market sized at $22.7 billion. This represents a 37 percent increase over the 2009 market of about $16.6 billion.

Colin Barnden, principal analyst at Semicast Research, said in a report, "Automotive semiconductor sales are now at record levels, having surpassed the previous peak of $20.0 billion in 2007 and growth is set to continue, with sales of automotive semiconductors forecast to total USD 39 billion in 2017."

The report said that China remains one of the most significant growth drivers of the automotive sector, with light vehicle production in China totaling almost 15 million in 2010, double the level of 2008. Growth in China helped global light vehicle production volumes to rise strongly in 2010, to 71.3 million, an increase of 24 percent from 57.6 million in 2009.

The report also forecasts that increased production of hybrid electric and battery electric vehicles will offer substantial new revenue opportunities for semiconductor suppliers, with production of hybrid vehicles expected to increase from 3 million in 2010 to 47 million in 2017. Demand for power discretes is forecast to rise strongly, in-line with increased production of hybrid vehicles and electric vehicles and this growth will benefit the specialist power semiconductor suppliers, in particular Infineon Technologies and STMicroelectronics. Hybrid vehicles use power discretes extensively in the engine management system, to control the motor/generator units either when running from the hybrid powertrain, or when energy is being stored under braking.

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