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Global IC market revenue to rebound by 4%

Posted: 24 May 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:smartphone? tablets? memory? IC market?

According to the latest report from International Data Corp. (IDC), global semiconductor revenues dropped by 2.2 per cent YoY to $295 billion last year. The industry experienced a decline in 2H12 as a result of weak consumer spending across PCs, mobile phones and digital televisions (DTV), as well as in the industrial and other market segments.

The European economic crises and a slowdown in China also had an impact on global demand while the lackluster launch of Windows 8 failed to stimulate PC sales and turn the tide. Meanwhile, competitive suppliers from China continued to pressure average selling prices, dragging down overall revenue growth. IDC expects the semiconductor market to return to growth in 2013 with revenues forecast to increase by 3.5 per cent this year.

Most companies saw their revenues decline during the year, including eight of the top ten companies. Only 17 companies, with revenues of a billion or more, grew at a rate above five per cent last year. Among the 25 largest companies covered in the SAF, only seven had positive top-line growth including: Qualcomm, Broadcom, NXP, NVIDIA, MediaTek, Apple and Sharp Electronics. AllWinner, a tablet application processor supplier, was the fastest growing company in 2012.

Intel saw its revenues decline to $50 billion in 2012, down three per cent from 2011 largely due to weak PC demand, and minimal traction in tablets and smartphones. Samsung Electronics saw revenues drop six per cent on weak DTV demand, loss of market share at Apple and volatile memory prices. Meanwhile, Qualcomm ranked third last year as revenues grew 34 per cent to $13.2 billion due to its leadership in modem technology and success of its Snapdragon application processor in smartphones. Texas instruments saw revenues decline by six per cent due to falling analogue, DSP and MPU revenues and the company's exit from its wireless business. Rounding out the top 5, Toshiba revenues were off by 13 per cent from the previous year due to declining revenues for its analogue, ASSP and memory products. Renesas, Hynix, Broadcom, STMicroelectronics and Micron filled out the top 10 spots. From this group of companies, only Broadcom saw revenues grow last year. Combined, the top 10 vendors represented 52 per cent of worldwide semiconductor revenues, declining three per cent when compared to 2011. The top 25 semiconductor firms brought in $206 billion, declining three per cent YoY.

Within the semiconductor device types, performance was mixed. Sensors and actuators grew the fastest at 11 per cent YoY, but with 2012 revenues of $7 billion the segment only accounted for two per cent of industry revenues. ASSPs, the largest category of semiconductors with 32 per cent of the overall opportunity, grew by four per cent for the year on strength in media, graphics and application processors and RF and mixed-signal ASSPs. Finally, optoelectronics, with six per cent of total semiconductor revenues, grew five per cent, mostly from image sensors and LEDs. Revenues for microcomponents declined by five per cent, driven by lower revenues for MPUs and MCUs. Memory, representing 17 per cent of the industry, saw its revenues decline by 10 per cent. Finally, Analog ('ue'?), which accounted for seven per cent of revenues last year, declined by seven per cent.

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