Insights has also supplied a ranking of the same 25 companies ranked by
annual growth (see figure 2 below). It is notable that lower order of
that ranking filled with companies that experienced a double-digit
percentage fall in sales includes a number of European and Japanese
It is notable that GlobalFoundries with a 31 percent
increase in sales and AMD with a 17 percent decline are at opposite ends
of that ranking in 2012. AMD was the original parent of Globalfoundries
and has been its primary customer. IC Insights interprets the success
as an indication that Globalfoundries has achieved success in attracting
additional IC foundry customers such as STMicroelectronics, Freescale,
Qualcomm and others.
The inclusion of foundries in such rankings
is contentious because it means that some sales are double counted –
from foundry to fabless chip company and then from fabless chip company
to customer. However, IC Insights said that in a forthcoming update to
The McClean Report, marketshare rankings of IC suppliers by product type
will also be presented and foundries are excluded from these rankings.
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2012 top 25 semiconductor companies by sales ranked by annual growth ($millions, including foundries).