Wireless communications chip demand spurs turnaround in semiconductor market

The market for wireless communication semiconductors increased 13.1 percent year-over-year in 2013, according to the latest stats from IHS Technology.

This strong showing in wireless communications contributed to 5 percent year-over-year growth in the worldwide semiconductor market, which reached $318 billion in 2013. This was in marked contrast to 2012, when semiconductor revenue totaled $303 billion, a 2.4 percent drop from 2011, according to IHS.

The top 25 chip makers posted revenue amounting to $225.3 billion, or 71 percent of total industry revenue, up from 69 percent in 2012. Heading the list of chip makers was Intel with $47 billion, or 15 percent of the market.

In addition to wireless, strong growth in memory chips also contributed to the semiconductor revenue turnaround. Dynamic random access memory showed the strongest expansion in the memory chip segment, posting revenue growth of 32.5 percent. NAND flash posted 24.2 percent growth in 2013, spurred by demand for smartphone and tablet memory.

Also, small-signal field-effect transistors revenue increased 21.3 percent, logic application-specific standard products (ASSPs) for wireless communications grew 15.3 percent and analog ASSPs for wireless rose 13.5 percent.

Automotive logic ASSPs increased 14 percent, while automotive analog application specific ICs increased 8.1 percent. Microcontrollers for smart cards and IC cards also posted strong growth, up 12.5 percent on the year.

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