A strong showing in wireless communications chip demand contributed to a solid 5 percent year-over-year growth in the worldwide semiconductor market, which reached $318 billion in 2013, says IHS. This was in marked contrast to 2012, when semiconductor revenue totaled $303 billion, a 2.4 percent drop from 2011.
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Due to its leading position as a smartphone and LTE baseband processor supplier, Qualcomm convincingly retained the third spot in the global semiconductor market, posting $17.2 billion in revenue last year, up 30.6 percent year-over-year.
Fueled by smartphone demand and 3G and 4G network deployment, Qualcomm saw its semiconductor revenues soared 29.6 percent in 2012, pushing it from sixth place in 2011 to third place this year, according to the latest stats from market research firm Gartner.
As smartphones become more sophisticated, their requirement for cutting edge semiconductor technology, like gallium arsenide (GaAs) components, increases. This need is fueling the market for GaAs components and driving the overall GaAs device market.
Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) led the demand for semiconductors in 2011, spending $17.3 billion, thanks mostly to the iPhone and iPad, according to Gartner. Growth in the semiconductor sector overall was
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