Europe falls in top 20 chip company ranking for 1H14

Europe falls in top 20 chip company ranking for 1H14

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Europe no longer has a representative in the top 10 chip companies, according to market researcher IC Insights.
By eeNews Europe


STMicroelectronics fell two places to be ranked at number 11 according to a ranking of the top 20 chip companies by sales in the 1H14. The only other European chip companies in the top 20 are Infineon Technologies at position 13 and NXP Semiconductors at 15. The top three climbers in the ranking were MediaTek, SK Hynix and Advanced Micro Devices.

The ranking includes sales of integrated circuits, optoelectronic, sensor and discrete components and includes nine suppliers headquartered in the U.S., three in Japan, three in Europe, two in South Korea, two in Taiwan, and one in Singapore, a relatively broad representation of geographic regions.

Intel continues to be the leading chip vendor, as it has been for many years, but it is being gradually closed on by Samsung. IC Insights’ ranking includes pure-play foundry Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. at position three.

Top 20 chip companies by sales in 1H14 ($ millions). Source: IC Insights.

IC Insights differs from other market research firms by including foundries. The firm argues that its ranking is a supplier list and is not affected by semiconductor sales which may be double counted, such as those made by TSMC to Qualcomm and by Qualcomm to mobile phone makers. IC Insights also points out that not all foundry sales are double counted. Those from Samsung to Apple are foundry sales but go straight into Apple equipment.

In total, the top 20 semiconductor companies’ sales increased by 10 percent in 1H14 as compared to 1H13, three points higher than IC Insights’ current 7 percent forecast for total worldwide semiconductor market growth this year.

It should be noted that the sales of Micron and Elpida, MediaTek and MStar, and Avago and LSI use the combined sales of the two companies for both 1H13 and 1H14, regardless of when the merger actually occurred.

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