Semicon revenue hit $307B in 2011

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Gartner said the top 25 semiconductor vendors’ revenue appeared to grow faster, at 3.1 percent, than the industry as a whole and accounted for a larger portion of the industry’s total revenue ? 69.2 percent in 2011, compared with 68.3 percent in 2010. However, about half of this growth was the result of mergers and acquisitions. “Of the major device segments, microcomponents performed best in 2011 after a relative underperformance in 2010,” said Peter Middleton, principal research analyst at Gartner. “Within microcomponents, the subcategory that really drove this performance was compute microprocessors, which grew 14.2 percent year over year as a result of strong average selling prices (ASPs). This was driven both by servers and PCs, with the PC microprocessor market strongly benefiting from graphics integration.” Intel recorded a 20.7-percent revenue gain and held the No. 1 market share position for the twentieth consecutive year. 2011 marked Intel’s highest-ever market share at 16.5 percent. Its previous high was back in 1998, when it controlled 16.3 percent share. Samsung, the No. 2 vendor, was held back by DRAM weakness in 2011, so it was unable to close the gap with Intel. Toshiba and Texas Instruments retained their third- and fourth-place rankings respectively, while Renesas Electronics moved into the top five during its first full year as a combined company. Elsewhere in the top 10, sixth-placed Qualcomm’s semiconductor business increased 39 percent in 2011 and nearly reached $10 billion in revenue. Qualcomm continued to take share in the rapidly growing smartphone market, and it was one of the fastest-growing semiconductor companies in 2011. At No. 10, Broadcom had a solid year, outperforming the overall semiconductor market, with particular strength in the mobile and wireless division, which recorded another year of double-digit growth. ]]>

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