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NXP takes the lead in automotive chip space

Posted: 10 May 2016 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:NXP Semiconductor? automotive? Infineon? Renesas?

Following its takeover of Freescale, NXP Semiconductor has been declared the leading automotive chip vendor for 2015 by market research firm Strategy Analytics.

This is despite the fact that the deal, announced in March 2015 only closed at the beginning of December 2015. Nonetheless Strategy Analytics has combined the companies' auto chip sales at $3.9 billion and attributed 14.2% of a $27.4 billion automotive semiconductor market in 2015 to NXP.

Infineon retained number two position, with about $2.85 billion in sales or 10.4% of the market while the 2014 leader Renesas fell back to third place with 10.3% of the market.

In 2015 vendors faced some currency and supply-chain problems that impacted revenue growth. However, all three companies and more besides should be able to prosper as demand for automotive grade semiconductors continues to grow driven by such applications as advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), display-based infotainment, advanced powertrain and wireless connectivity.

"NXP was less exposed to the negative currency shifts than its nearest rivals undoubtedly thanks to Freescale, which previously had around a third of its automotive business coming directly from North America, whereas Infineon and Renesas had just 17% and 12% respectively coming from that region," said Chris Webber, a VP at Strategy Analytics.

Webber added "China already accounts for 26% of global light vehicle manufacturing but the gradual expansion of localised automotive electronics manufacturing has now reached a point where semiconductor vendor revenues from China have overtaken those from the mature Japanese market."

- Peter Clarke
??EE Times Europe

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