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Drastic changes are expected in 2014 top 20 IC supplier rank

Posted: 10 Nov 2014 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:IC Insights? TSMC? UMC? semiconductor supplier? Nvidia?

IC Insights is set to release a forecast that ranks the top 25 semiconductor suppliers in 2014 showing the companies' sales broken down on a quarterly basis. The top 20 global semiconductor (IC and OSD: optoelectronic, sensor and discrete) sales ranking for 2014 includes eight suppliers headquartered in the U.S., three in Japan, three in Europe, three in Taiwan, two in South Korea and one in Singapore.

This year's top-20 ranking includes two pure-play foundries (TSMC and UMC) and six fabless companies. Pure-play IC foundry GlobalFoundries is forecast to be replaced in this year's top 20 ranking by fabless IC supplier Nvidia. It is interesting to note that the top four semiconductor suppliers all have different business models. Intel is essentially a pure-play IDM, Samsung a vertically integrated IC supplier, TSMC a pure-play foundry and Qualcomm a fabless company.

IC foundries are included in the top 20 ranking because IC Insights has always viewed the ranking as a top supplier list, not as a market share ranking, and realises that in some cases semiconductor sales are double counted. With many of our clients being vendors to the semiconductor industry (supplying equipment, chemicals, gases, etc.), excluding large IC manufacturers such as the foundries would leave significant "holes" in the list of top semiconductor suppliers. In the April Update to The McClean Report, market share rankings of IC suppliers by product type were presented and foundries were excluded from these listings.

As shown, it is expected to require total semiconductor sales of over $4.2 billion to make the 2014 top 20 ranking. In total, the top 20 semiconductor companies' sales are forecast to increase by nine per cent this year as compared to 2013. However, when excluding the two pure-play foundries (TSMC and UMC) from the ranking, the top "18" semiconductor companies' sales are forecast to increase by eight per cent this year, the same rate as IC Insights' current forecast for total 2014 worldwide semiconductor market growth.

Top 20 global semiconductor suppliers

Preview of the forecast for the top 20 companies' total 2014 sales results

Outside of the top six spots, there are numerous changes expected within the 2014 top-20 semiconductor supplier ranking. In fact, of the 14 companies ranked 7th through 20th, 10 of them are forecast to change positions in 2014 as compared with 2013 (with NXP expected to jump up two spots).

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