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Date: 04-04-13

Semiconductor revenue in 2012: fell by 2.6% as per Gartner

Gartner has come out with the final estimation of semiconductor revenue for 2012, where it finds total worldwide semiconductor revenue reached $299.9 billion in 2012, down 2.6 percent from 2011.

Gartner said the top 25 semiconductor vendors' revenue declined slightly faster, at 2.8 percent, than the industry as a whole and accounted for almost the same portion of the industry's total revenue — 68.9 percent in 2012, compared with 69.0 percent in 2011.

"The normal drivers of semiconductor industry growth — the computing, wireless, consumer electronics and automotive electronics sectors — all suffered serious disruption in 2012," said Steve Ohr, research director at Gartner. "Even the industrial/medical, wired communications and military/aerospace sectors ordinarily less affected by changes in consumer sentiment suffered severe declines in semiconductor consumption. Excess inventory levels also remained a growth inhibitor.”

World's number one semiconductor vendor Intel recorded a 3.1 percent revenue decline, due to falls in PC shipments. However, it retained the No. 1 market share position for the 21st year in a row. Intel's share was 16.4 percent in 2012, down from 16.5 percent in 2011, as per Gartner.

Semiconductor revenue ranking in 2012 by Gartner

Intel -- 49,089 Million US$
Samsung Electronics -- 28,622 Million US$
Qualcomm -- 13,177 Million US$
Texas Instruments -- 11,111 Million US$
Toshiba -- 10,610 Million US$
Renesas Electronics -- 9,152 Million US$
SK Hynix -- 8,965 Million US$
STMicroelectronics -- 8,415 Million US$
Broadcom -- 7,846 Million US$
Micron Technology -- 6,917 Million US$
Others -- 146,008 Million US$
Total Market -- 299,912 Million US$

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