SAN FRANCISCO—Texas Instruments Inc. expanded its lead in the analog semiconductor market over No. 2 player STMicroelectronics NV in 2011, according to market research firm Databeans Inc.
TI (Dallas) grabbed 15.4 percent of overall analog market share in 2011, up from 14.6 percent in 2010, according to Databeans (Reno, Nev.). ST (Geneva) accounted for 9.9 percent of the analog market, down from 10.1 percent in 2010, according to the firm.
Databeans said the analog chip market went through the same ups and downs as the broader semiconductor industry in 2011. Sales were hindered by poor consumer demand from the U.S. and Europe throughout much of the year, thanks primarily to fears arising from the Euro sovereign debt crisis.
Overall analog chip sales were roughly $42.34 billion in 2011, up negligibly from $42.29 billion in 2010, Databeans said.
TI's analog chip sales grew 5 percent in 2011, reaching $6.5 billion, Databeans said. The firm noted that TI during the year acquired National Semiconductor Corp. and rebranded it as TI's Silicon Valley Analog division. The firm noted that TI grappled with weak demand during the year, especially in high-performance analog. In 2012, TI is poised to jump on returning consumer demand, Databeans said, adding that the company has the strongest manufacturing capability in the analog industry thanks to its acquisitions.
ST's analog chip sales declined 3 percent in 2011 to $4.2 billion, Databeans said. The firm said the decrease was due largely to significantly weaker sales at ST- Ericsson, its wireless-chip joint venture with Ericsson AB. ST-Ericsson, which is yet to be profitable since its formation in 2009, continued to struggle as it made the shift to a new product portfolio, Databeans said.