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Infineon tops 2012 industrial IC vendor share ranking

Posted: 17 Apr 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:industrial sector? embedded microprocessors? analogue ICs?

According to the latest report from Semicast Research, Infineon Technologies led the pack of vendors of semiconductors to the industrial sector last year, although it only surpassed Texas Instruments by just a few tenths of a per cent point. The two firms held a decisive lead over the STMicroelectronics, Renesas Electronics and Analog Devices. The market research firm estimated that revenues for industrial semiconductors reached $32.3 billion in 2012, unchanged from 2011.

Semicast's definition of the industrial sector includes medical electronics and heavy transport (plant machinery, heavy truck and bus), but excludes military and aerospace electronics and marine communications. While historically overlooked by many vendors, semiconductor revenues in the industrial sector have now exceeded those in automotive since 2008, a trend which Semicast forecasts to continue over the medium term. Accordingly, the industrial sector has risen in importance at many semiconductor companies over the last five years and continues to do so as more vendors investigate the opportunities offered. Further, while industrial does not benefit from the hype and glamour of the consumer or wireless sectors, neither does it exhibit the "boom-and-bust" cycle so typical of the semiconductor industry as a whole.

Leading semiconductor vendors in industrial all have in-house expertise in either analogue ICs, MCUs or power discretes. Together, the three product categories account for almost two-thirds of semiconductor revenues in the industrial sector, reflecting the "real world" attributes of industrial applications such as measurement, control and position. Intel remains the only manufacturer in the top ten vendor ranking that is not a supplier of any of these products, reflecting its position as the largest supplier of embedded microprocessors to the industrial sector.

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