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Global semiconductor revenue projected to grow 4.9 % in 2013

06 Jan 2014

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The global semiconductor industry will generate $317.9 billion in revenue in 2013, IHS forecasts in its new report. Sales will increase 4.9 per cent from $302.9 billion in 2012 driven primarily by the growth of the dynamic random access memory (DRAM) and NAND flash memory markets. Semiconductor consumption will be highest in the Asia-Pacific region, according to the market research firm.

The dynamic random access memory (DRAM) and NAND flash memory markets, which are expected to rise by 35.0 per cent and 27.7 per cent, respectively, in 2013. Solid pricing and expanding demand for DRAM and NAND in smartphones and tablets have caused revenue for these memory devices to surge. Without these two high-performing product segments, the semiconductor industry would attain zero growth in 2013.

Partly because of its success in the booming DRAM and NAND markets, U.S.-based Micron Technology will grow by an industry-leading 109.2 per cent in 2013, making it the fourth largest company in the semiconductor market in 2013. Micron is expected to end the year with $14.2 billion in semiconductor revenue, more than doubling its $6.8 billion total in 2012. In addition to its success in DRAM and NAND, Micron's growth in 2013 is being propelled by its acquisition of Elpida Memory.

Also benefitting from the memory boom is SK Hynix of South Korea, whose chip revenue is on track to expand by 48.7 per cent in 2013. The company will jump to No. 5 in the semiconductor market rankings in 2013, up from No. 7 in 2012. SK Hynix's performance is entirely driven by organic sales growth—and not by any acquisitions.

Qualcomm's success in the wireless world continues to drive it to the top of the semiconductor industry. The U.S. company is set to attain 31.6 per cent semiconductor growth in 2013, causing it to gain1.2 percentage points of share and take 5.5 per cent of total semiconductor market revenue. Qualcomm's strong growth in 2013 will allow it to narrow its market share gap with industry leaders Intel and Samsung.


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