There were 14 fabless chip companies with sales of more than $1 billion in 2013 the same as in 2012. In total, in 2013, the top 25 fabless IC suppliers represented 81 percent of total fabless IC company sales.
Fabless IC sales as a proportion of total IC sales 1999 to 2013.
(Source: IC Insight)
The 5 percent decline in the "other" fabless IC company sales figure was primarily driven by three acquisitions and a closure:
- Volterra's sales went from $168 million in 2012 to $114 million in 2013 due to its acquisition by Maxim in 4Q13
- SMSC's sales went from $250 million in 2012 to $0 in 2013 due to its acquisition by Microchip in 3Q12
- Trident's sales went from $160 million in 2012 to $0 in 2013 due to it being fully dissolved in 4Q12
- Kawasaki’s sales went from $125 million in 2012 to $0 in 2013 due to its acquisition by MegaChips in 3Q12
MegaChips was the only Japanese firm in the top-25 fabless supplier ranking. IC Insights expects an increasing number of Taiwan- and China-headquartered companies to make their way up the top fabless supplier ranking as IC design houses located in those two countries continue to advance.
In 2014 two of the listed fabless chip companies are expected to disappear -- LSI being acquired by tenth-placed Avago and MStar, which is in the process of merging with MediaTek. The two companies in line to join the top-25 ranking are Taiwan's Phison, which had $428 million in sales in 2013; and Germany's Lantiq, which had $400 million in sales.
This article was originally published on EE Times Europe.