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Global Chip Revenue Rises in 2013, Reversing Loss from Earlier Year; Memory and
Wireless Lead the Way
El Segundo, Calif. (April 23, 2014)—Worldwide semiconductor revenue rose a
solid 5.0 percent last year, with memory chips the star performers, according
to the latest research from IHS Technology (NYSE: IHS).
Total semiconductor revenue in 2013 reached $318.1 billion, up from $303.1
billion in 2012. Last year’s growth effectively reversed the disappointing 2.4
percent loss of 2012, when revenue contracted from $310.6 billion in 2011. The
final 2013 numbers confirmed initial projections by IHS published in December,
and the year ended particularly well as fourth-quarter revenue climbed 7.6
percent from the same period during 2012.
Overall the top 25 chip makers amassed revenue amounting to $225.3 billion—71
percent of total industry takings, up from 69 percent in 2012, as shown in the
attached table. Heading the list this year was Intel with $47.0 billion, or 15
percent of the market.
“Memory ICs were the key drivers of growth in the semiconductor industry in
2013,” said Dale Ford, vice president at IHS Technology. “Dynamic random access
memory (DRAM) showed the strongest expansion among major memory segments, with
revenue surging by 32.5 percent as suppliers were able to achieve a balance
between supply and demand that yielded lucrative pricing for parts. NAND flash
also posted a strong year—at 24.2 percent growth—as demand for the memory from
smartphones and tablets continued to rise.”
These findings are contained in the report, “DRAM and NAND in Wireless Propel
Global Semiconductor Growth in 2013,” from the IHS Semiconductors and
Also boasting strong growth aside from memory were semiconductors from a wide
range of segments. Small-signal field-effect transistors (FET) jumped 21.3
percent; logic application-specific standard products (ASSP) for wireless
communications grew 15.3 percent; and analog ASSPs also for wireless rose 13.5
Meanwhile, automotive logic ASSPs expanded 14.0 percent, while automotive
analog application specific ICs (ASSPs and ASICs) climbed a more modest but
still-healthy 8.1 percent. Microcontrollers (MCU) for smart cards and IC cards
enjoyed similarly vigorous activity, up 12.5 percent on the year.
Other notable segments in 2013 were the wireless communications markets, thanks
to 13.1 percent growth; industrial electronics, up 9.4 percent; and automotive
electronics, rising 5.7 percent.
...and memory makers head to the fore
Based on the robust performance of the memory market, the major suppliers of
memory also jumped up in rankings. For Idaho-based Micron Technology, strong
organic growth combined with its acquisition of Elpida Memory pushed company
revenue up 108.5 percent, propelling Micron to No. 4, up from tenth place in
For its part, South Korea’s SK Hynix ascended from seventh place to No. 5 on
the strength of 42.8 percent organic growth. All told, memory suppliers
accounted for three of the top five slots in 2013.
Qualcomm of California and Taiwan’s MediaTek were the other major success
stories last year among the top 25, owing to their market-leading performance
in chips for wireless products such as smartphones. Qualcomm maintained the No.
3 position with 30.6 percent growth, while MediaTek rose to No. 14 with a 36.1
NXP Semiconductors of the Netherlands together with U.S.-based Avago
Technologies and Xilinx likewise enjoyed significant success in 2013, relishing
growth of 13.7, 9.2 and 4.6 percent, respectively. Both Avago and Xilinx
climbed four places from outside the top 25 into the magic circle.
In contrast to the high flyers, Japanese chip companies struggled the most
during 2013. Renesas Electronics, Sony and Rohm Semiconductor saw revenues fall
by 13.7, 27.0 and 14.4 percent, respectively. Renesas dropped four places to
No. 10, in danger of losing its coveted top 10 status altogether.
Asia-Pacific fuels growth
Semiconductor suppliers headquartered in Asia-Pacific saw their combined
revenue grow 14.7 percent, allowing them to capture 25.3 percent of the chip
market—the largest share ever for the region. For the first time, Asia-Pacific
accounted for over a quarter of the worldwide semiconductor market.
For companies headquartered in the Americas, collective revenue also grew
strongly, up 8.7 percent, translating into 52.4 percent of total industry
Meanwhile, Japan continues to be mired in a slump, with chip revenue for the
area declining a steep 17.9 percent.
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