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Qualcomm fastest growing semiconductor company, Intel still on top says Gartner

Qualcomm, designers of the highly popular Snapdragon series of chipsets plus a wide variety of wireless tech, is the fastest-growing semiconductor company according to Gartner. The two companies at the top, Intel and Samsung, were both affected by stagnation in the market in 2012.

Intel’s revenue slipped 3.1% year over year, but the company retained its leadership position for the 21st year in a row. Market share dropped a hair to 16.4% (down from 16.5%).

Samsung’s DRAM and NAND markets took a hit, but other segments picked up and the South Korean company managed a 3.1% year over year growth.

Qualcomm jumped into third position, up from 6th, with a massive 31.8% growth in revenue. That’s 18.2% better than analysts’ expectations. The company displaced Toshiba, who ranked fifth with a revenue decline of 9.8%.

Rank 2011

Rank 2012

Vendor

2011 Revenue

2012 Revenue

2011-2012 Growth (%)

2012 Market Share (%)

1

1

Intel

50,669

49,089

-3.1

16.4

2

2

Samsung Electronics

27,764

28,622

3.1

9.5

6

3

Qualcomm

9,998

13,177

31.8

4.4

4

4

Texas Instruments

11,754

11,111

-5.5

3.7

3

5

Toshiba

11,769

10,610

-9.8

3.5

5

6

Renesas Electronics

10,650

9,152

-14.1

3.1

8

7

SK Hynix

9,388

8,965

-4.5

3.0

7

8

STMicroelectronics

9,635

8,415

-12.7

2.8

10

9

Broadcom

7,160

7,846

9.6

2.6

9

10

Micron Technology

7,643

6,917

-9.5

2.3

   

Others

151,343

146,008

-3.5

48.7

   

Total Market

307,773

299,912

-2.6

100.0

Other than Qualcomm, only NXP managed to beat analysts’ expectations by over 10%. There are several companies that performed worse than expectations by over 10% too: Freescale, STMicroelectronics (who recently put an end to ST-Ericsson) and AMD.

Overall, Gartner gauged that the semiconductor industry declined 2.6% in total revenues in 2012 compared to 2011.

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