HP Top Semiconductor Consumer at $12 billion; Top 10 OEMs Accounted for $84B in 2006
Worldwide semiconductor revenue totaled $261.4 billion in 2006, an 11.3% increase from 2005, according to Gartner. World Semiconductor Trade Statistics organization, which prepares the monthly data for SIA, estimates that worlwide semiconductor sales will hot $300 billion in 2008.
HP was the top semiconductor consumer with approximately $12 billion, but Nokia and Dell have closed the gap to within $0.5 billion. Top 10 are:
Data processing and telecommunications firms represented 75% of the total semiconductor spending by the top consumers.
Average semiconductor consumption by the top 10 firms grew from $7.7 billion in 2005 to $8.4 billion in Gartner estimates.
Additional information is available in the Gartner report "Top 10 Semiconductor Consumers, 2006 Preliminary Estimates". Later this year, Gartner Dataquest will publish an analysis of the top 50 OEM semiconductor consumers by application for 2006.