Top 20 semiconductor growth rates veer widely

The top 20 semiconductor suppliers have growth rates ranging from +31% to –17%, says IC Insights.

GlobalFoundries, Qualcomm, and TSMC are expected to register strong double-digit growth this year.

Three pure-play foundries, TSMC, Globalfoundires and UMC, are expected to be in the top 20 ranking of leading semiconductor suppliers in 2012.

Combined, these three foundries are forecast to log a 16% increase in 2012/2011 sales, quite impressive considering the expected 2% decline in the worldwide semiconductor market this year.

With the continued success of the fabless companies as well as the strong movement by many IDMs (TI, Renesas, ST, etc.) to the fab-lite business model, IC Insights expects the IC foundries to witness very strong demand for their services over the next few years.

In total, the top 20 semiconductor suppliers are forecast to register a 1% decline in sales this year (about $3.2 billion), one point better than the rate of decline expected for the total worldwide semiconductor market in 2012.

The only expected movement with regard to the top 5 spots in the 2012 ranking is that fabless supplier Qualcomm is forecast to register a 30% surge in sales this year and move up three positions to replace TI as the fourth largest semiconductor supplier.

In contrast, Freescale is forecast to register a 14% decline in semiconductor revenue this year and drop down three positions from 16th in 2011 to 19th in the 2012 ranking.

Sales from pure-play foundry GlobalFoundries are forecast to jump by a strong 31% while foundry giant TSMC is expected to show a healthy 17% increase this year.

Considering that AMD, the original “parent” and largest customer of GlobalFoundries, is forecast to show a steep 17% sales decline this year, it is obvious that GlobalFoundries’ current spike in revenue is being driven mostly by its success in attracting new IC foundry customers (e.g., ST, Freescale, Qualcomm, etc.).

As a result of its excellent performance this year, GlobalFoundries is forecast to replace Elpida and move into the top 20 ranking for the first time, rising from the 21st spot in 2011 to 15th place in 2012.

IC Insights expects there to be a wide range of growth rates among the worldwide top 20 semiconductor suppliers this year. It is interesting to note that despite the close on-going relationship between the two companies, GlobalFoundries (31% increase) and AMD (17% decline) are forecast to be the “bookends” on a 48-point growth range for the top 20 semiconductor suppliers in 2012.

The continued success of the fabless/foundry business model is evident when examining the top 20 semiconductor suppliers ranked by growth rate. As shown, the top five performers are expected to include three fabless companies (Qualcomm, Nvidia, and Broadcom) and two pure-play foundries (GlobalFoundries and TSMC

Of the eight top 20 semiconductor companies forecast to register a sales increase this year, five are headquartered in the U.S. and include GlobalFoundries, Qualcomm, Nvidia, Broadcom, and Micron.

Top 20 2012



Intel                           50

Samsung                    30

TSMC                       17

Qualcomm                 13

TI                              12

Toshiba                     11

Renesas                     10

Hynix                           9

Micron                         9

ST                                8

Broadcom                     8

Sony                              6

AMD                             5

Infineon                          5

Globalfoundries               5

Fujitsu                             4

NXP                                4

Nvidia                            & nbsp; 4

Freescale                          4

UMC                                4

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