LONDON – The market for analog chips declined in 2012 to $39.3 billion, down 7 percent from $42.4 billion in 2011, according to market research firm Databeans Inc. (Reno, Nevada).
This was a steeper decline than the 3 percent contraction experienced by the overall semiconductor market. Of the application sectors for analog ICs, power, automotive and communications were the most resilient, whereas computer, interface, and data conversion products took the worst hit, the firm reckons.
The ranking of the leading analog IC vendors changed only slightly in 2012, according to Databeans with Analog Devices rising above Infineon Technologies to take third spot despite both companies suffering declining analog sales. In contrast Qualcomm in fifth spot increased its sales by 7 percent.
Texas Instruments remained the leading vendor of analog chips and in 2012 had 16.7 percent of the entire market, or $6.6 billion in revenue. In 2011, Texas Instruments completed the acquisition of National Semiconductor. STMicroelectronics retained the second largest market share for 2012 at slightly over 9 percent and $3.6 billion in revenue.
Third ranked Analog Devices leads in the data converter segment, making up half of its $1.1 billion in analog sales in 2012. ADI had an 84 percent share in high speed ADCs and a 60 percent share in overall ADC revenue, Databeans estimated.
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Worldwide Analog IC sales revenues for 2012 and 2011 by supplier. Source: Databeans.
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