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TI leads the industrial electronics semicon market

Posted: 27 Jul 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:TI? industrial electronics? IHS? semiconductor market? National Semiconductor?

According to IHS, Texas Instruments Inc. (TI) led in the fast-growing industrial electronics semiconductor market with its acquisition of National Semiconductor boosting its market share. TI's market share in 2011 grew to 7.3 percent, up from 6.4 percent in 2010.

The industrial electronics segment spans a range of applications including such disparate areas as manufacturing and process automation, test and measurement, medical electronics, building and home control, energy generation and distribution, and military and civil aerospace.

Semiconductors counted as part of the industrial electronics umbrella include discretes, optical, sensors and actuators and microcontrollers, as well as ICs in the analog, microcomponents, logic and memory sectors.

"While not garnering the same kind of attention as other more headline-grabbing markets such as consumer electronics, wireless or computers, the industrial electronics space actually outgrew those areas last year, thanks to an increasing move among industries toward energy-efficient processes and greater demand for semiconductors delivering those functions," stated Robbie Galoso, research manager for electronics at IHS.

In fact, industrial electronics was the second fastest-growing semiconductor market after automotive in 2011, up a much larger 9.3 percent compared to the paltry 1.4 percent for the overall semiconductor space. Growth in 2012 is projected to moderate to 7.7 percent in light of economic uncertainty in Europe, and slowing manufacturing in China.


Figure 1: IHS iSuppli Table: Top 10 Semiconductor Suppliers for Industrial Electronics in 2011 (Revenue in Billions of US Dollars)
Source: IHS iSuppli Research, July 2012.

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