According to IDC, Intel registered 'impressive revenue growth' in 2011, increasing its share of the semiconductor market by three percent, while Samsung was the number two vendor overall with revenues of $29 billion.
IDC says that Texas Instruments, Toshiba, and Renesas Electronics rounded out the top five vendors, followed by Qualcomm, Hynix, STMicro, Micron, and Broadcom. Together, the top 10 vendors represented 53 percent of total worldwide semiconductor revenues, an increase of three percent over 2010.
According to IDC's research manager, semiconductors, Mali Venkatesan, many companies grew revenues substantially over the industry average, including Apple which enjoyed an 'impressive' 140 percent year-over-year semiconductor revenue growth, while other large companies with strong year-over-year growth included Qualcomm, ON Semiconductor, Intel, and Renesas Electronics.
'Both Asia/Pacific and Americas showed growth above the industry average, while Japan and Europe showed negative growth. Among the market segments, semiconductor revenues for the computing segment declined year over year due to the DRAM price collapse. The consumer segment was essentially flat, while wireless communication and automotive segments registered over 10% year-over-year semiconductor revenue growth.'
According to Venkatesan there is a trend underway toward 'more integration, as companies try to position themselves for the next phase of growth and as device applications become more and more intelligent and move toward supporting high-level operating systems, connectivity, and application processing capabilities.' 'In addition, as large companies with strong cash balances vie for competitive positions, mergers and acquisitions will be a key theme," Venkatesan predicts.