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Worldwide Semi Revenue Grew 7.9% in 2014, According to Gartner

Worldwide semiconductor revenue totaled $340.3 billion in 2014, a 7.9% increase from 2013 revenue of $315.4 billion, according to final results by Gartner, Inc. The top 25 semiconductor vendors' combined revenue increased 11.7%, which was more than the overall industry's growth. The top 25 vendors accounted for 72.4% of total market revenue, up from 69.9% in 2013.

“2014 saw all device categories post positive growth, unlike in 2013, when application-specific integrated circuits (ASIC), discretes and microcomponents all declined. The memory market was the best performer for the second year in a row, growing 16.6%, meaning the rest of the market only achieved 4.9% growth,” said Andrew Norwood, research vice president at Gartner. “As a group, DRAM vendors performed best, lifted by the booming DRAM market, which saw revenue increase 32% to $46.1 billion, surpassing the all-time high of $41.8 billion set in 1995.”

Intel saw a return to growth after two years of revenue decline, as PC production recovered, with sales up 7.7% (see Table 1). The company retained the No. 1 market share position for the 23rd consecutive year by capturing 15.4% of the market, which was down slightly on the previous year.

Table 1. Top 10 Semiconductor Vendors by Revenue, Worldwide, 2014 (Millions of Dollars)

2013 Rank

2014 Rank

Vendor

2013 Revenue

2014 Revenue

2013-2014 Growth

2014
Market Share

1

1

Intel

48,589

52,331

7.7%

15.4%

2

2

Samsung Electronics

30,636

34,742

13.4%

10.2%

3

3

Qualcomm

17,211

19,291

12.1%

5.7%

5

4

Micron Technology

11,918

16,278

36.6%

4.8%

4

5

SK Hynix

12,625

15,997

26.7%

4.7%

7

6

Texas Instruments

10,591

11,538

8.9%

3.4%

6

7

Toshiba

11,277

10,665

-5.4%

3.1%

8

8

Broadcom

8,199

8,428

2.8%

2.5%

9

9

STMicroelectronics

8,082

7,376

-8.7%

2.2%

10

10

Renesas Electronics

7,979

7,276

-8.8%

2.1%

Others

148,321

156,409

5.5

46.0%

Total Market

315,428

340,331

7.9%

100% 

Source: Gartner (March 2015)

2014 saw significantly more merger and acquisition (M&A) activity among the major semiconductor vendors than the previous year, with some announced deals still to close in 2015. Among the most significant deals was Avago Technologies' acquisition of LSI, propelling the company into the top 25 semiconductor vendors for the first time. MStar Semiconductor was merged with MediaTek after a prolonged merger, and ON Semiconductor acquired Aptina Imaging. After adjusting for closed M&A activity, the top 25 semiconductor vendors grew at 9.1%.

Additional information is provided in the Gartner report “Market Share Analysis: Semiconductors, Worldwide, 2014.” The report provides the final worldwide market share rankings for the top 25 semiconductor vendors in 2014 and is available on Gartner's website at http://www.gartner.com/document/3022017.

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