Worldwide Wireless Semiconductor Revenue to Grow 11% in 2006, says Gartner

Strong sales in mobile phones boosted worldwide wireless semiconductor revenue by 8% in 2005 to $24.3 billion, according to Gartner.  Unit shipments for mobile phones exceeded 20% growth in 2005, but price reductions lowered the revenue growth for application specific semiconductors. 

Gartner sees stronger outlook for the wireless application specific semiconductor market in 2006, with projected growth of 11%. The market continues to be driven by mobile handsets, and specifically 3G WCDMA handsets with higher semiconductor content.

Texas Instruments extended its lead in the worldwide wireless semiconductor market with an increased 19% market share in 2005. Qualcomm was the No. 2 with 14% market share, followed by Philips Electronics and Freescale Semiconductor on a virtual tie for the third position.

Worldwide Revenue from Wireless Application Specific Semiconductors 

2005
Rank

2004
Rank

Company

2005 Revenue ($ M)

2005 Market Share (%)

2004 Revenue ($ M)

2004-2005 Growth (%)

1

1

Texas Instruments

4,514

19

3,834

18

2

2

Qualcomm

3,457

14

3,211

8

3

5

Philips Electronics

1,689

7

1,532

10

4

4

Freescale Semiconductor

1,662

7

1,546

8

5

6

STMicroelectronics

1,322

5

1,158

14

 

 

Total Market

24,272

100

22,537

8

Source: Gartner Dataquest (October 2006)

In the total subscriber power amplifier segment, which was reported in PA modules and front end modules, RF Micro Devices was the leader with 38% worldwide market share, followed by Skyworks Solutions with 27% share and Renesas Technologies with 15% share.

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