Global Semiconductor Industry Hit $261 Billion in 2006 - Gartner

Worldwide semiconductor revenue totaled $261.4 billion in 2006, an 11.3% increase from 2005, according to preliminary results from Gartner. Intel remained the No. 1 vendor in 2006, even as its revenue declined 9.5%. This is the15th year that Intel has been the No. 1 semiconductor vendor. 

Top 10 Worldwide Semiconductor Vendors by Revenue Estimates (Millions of U.S. Dollars)

2006
Rank

2005
Rank

Company

2006 Revenue

2006 Market Share (%)

2005-2006
Growth (%)

1

1

Intel

31,289

12.0

-9.5

2

2

Samsung Electronics

20,630

7.9

12.4

3

3

Texas Instruments

11,884

4.5

17.4

4

7

Infineon Technologies**

10,585

4.0

29.0

5

5

STMicroelectronics

9,872

3.8

11.9

5

4

Toshiba

9,872

3.8

9.9

7

6

Renesas Technology

7,907

3.0

-4.6

8

9

Hynix Semiconductor

7,710

2.9

34.7

9

14

Advanced Micro Devices

7,494

2.9

90.4

10

11

Freescale Semiconductor

6,052

 2.3

 8.1

 

 

Top 10*

123,295

47.2

7.8

 

 

Others

138,140

52.8

14.7

 

 

Total Market

261,435

100.0

11.3

Source: Gartner Dataquest (December 2006)

"Strong growth in DRAM picked up in 2006 where NAND flash left off the year before," said Jeremey Donovan, research director at Gartner. "Outside of DRAM, wireless semiconductor sales once again drove strong performance in the industry."

Samsung Electronics continued to gain share, as it accounted for 7.9% of the market. Samsung now dominates most areas of the memory market, holding the No. 1 position in DRAM, SRAM and the NAND flash markets.

Advanced Micro Devices moved into the top 10 in 2006. Combining AMD’s and ATI’s results for 2005, the combined entity grew semiconductor revenue by 32.1%.

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