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Global semiconductor revenue falls short at $340.3B in 2015

Posted: 11 Jan 2016 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Gartner? semiconductor? revenue? optoelectronics? sensor?

According to the latest data from Gartner Inc., worldwide semiconductor revenue dropped 1.9 per cent from the 2014 revenue of $340.3 billion to reach only $333.7 billion in 2015. The top 25 semiconductor vendors' combined revenue rose by 0.2 per cent, which was more than the overall industry's growth. The top 25 vendors accounted for 73.2 per cent of total market revenue, up from 71.7 per cent in 2014, detailed the market research firm.

"Weakened demand for key electronic equipment, the continuing impact of the strong dollar in some regions and elevated inventory are to blame for the decline in the market in 2015," said Sergis Mushell, research director at Gartner. "In contrast to 2014, which saw revenue growth in all key device categories, 2015 saw mixed performance with optoelectronics, nonoptical sensors, analogue and ASIC all reporting revenue growth while the rest of the market saw declines. Strongest growth was from the ASIC segment with growth of 2.4 per cent due to demand from Apple, followed by analogue and nonoptical sensors with 1.9 per cent and 1.6 per cent growth, respectively. Memory, the most volatile segment of the semiconductor industry, saw revenue decline by 0.6 per cent, with DRAM experiencing negative growth and NAND flash experiencing growth."

Intel recorded a 1.2 per cent revenue decline, due to falls in PC shipments. However, it retained the No. 1 market share position for the 24th year in a row with 15.5 per cent market share. Samsung's memory business helped drive growth of 11.8 per cent in 2015, and the company maintained the No. 2 spot with 11.6 per cent market share.

Top 10 semiconductor vendors by revenue

Top 10 semiconductor vendors by revenue, worldwide, 2015 (millions of dollars)

"The rise of the U.S. dollar against a number of different currencies significantly impacted the total semiconductor market in 2015," said Mushell. "End equipment demand was weakened in regions where the local currency depreciated against the dollar. For example in the Eurozone, the sales prices of mobile phones or PCs increased in local currency, as many of the components are priced in U.S. dollars. This resulted in buyers either delaying purchases or buying cheaper substitute products, resulting in lower semiconductor sales. Additionally, Gartner's semiconductor revenue statistics are based on U.S. dollars; thus, sharp depreciation of the Japanese yen shrinks the revenue and the market share of the Japanese semiconductor vendors when measured in U.S. dollars."

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