SAN FRANCISCOóNXP Semiconductors NV was the world's top supplier of application-specific standard product (ASSP) semiconductors for the automotive infotainment market in 2012 for the second consecutive year, according to market research firm IHS.
Boosted by its leadership position in AM/FM tuner and audio processing chips, Netherlands-based NXP last year posted automotive infotainment ASSP revenue of $459 million, giving it a market share of 15 percent, according to a forthcoming report from IHS's Automotive and Telematics Service. NXP's share of this market was unchanged from 2011, according to IHS.
"NXP is extremely well-positioned with its ASSP portfolio for the AM/FM tuner and audio processing segment, accounting nearly for half of all sales of these products in 2012," said Luca DeAmbroggi, senior analyst for automotive infotainment at IHS, in a statement.
According to DeAmbroggi, while NXP's market share held steady, the firm expanded its infotainment ASSP revenue by 2 percent in 2012. "Like the other top infotainment ASSP suppliers, NXP achieved its leadership position by maintaining dominance in specific business lines," DeAmbroggi said.
STMicroelectronics NV placed second in the infotainment ASSP rankings, generating revenue of $389 million and a market share of about 13 percent, IHS said. NXP's infotainment ASSP revenue beat third-ranked Renesas Electronics Corp. by just $1 million, IHS said. Renesas' share of the market was also roughly 13 percent, IHS said.
Overall, the semiconductor market for automotive infotainment last year was worth $3.02 billion, up 2 percent from $2.96 billion in 2011, IHS said.
ST dominated in the audio amplifier and digital/satellite radio tuner and decoder trades, with market share of 47 percent and 71 percent, respectively, IHS said. But ST suffered from a 12 percent contraction in sales during the year, due to inventory reduction among its key customers as well as delays in the introduction of new devices and technologies, IHS said.
According to IHS, Renesas is a threat to surpass ST in automotive ASSP sales in 2013 after finally recovering from the 2011 Japan tsunami disaster.
Renesas is followed in fourth place by another Japanese supplier, Panasonic, with $280 million in revenue and a 9 percent share; and by British chipset maker CSR in fifth spot with $212 million or 7 percent share.