USA: IC Insights’ August Update to The 2014 McClean Report showed a ranking of the 2Q14 top 25 semiconductor suppliers as well as their expected sales for 3Q14.
The top 20 worldwide semiconductor (IC and O S D—optoelectronic, sensor, and discrete) sales ranking for 1H14 includes nine suppliers headquartered in the U.S., three in Japan, three in Europe, two in South Korea, two in Taiwan, and one in Singapore, a relatively broad representation of geographic regions.
The top-20 ranking includes two pure-play foundries (TSMC and GlobalFoundries) and six fabless companies. Pure-play IC foundry UMC was replaced in the top 20 ranking by Nvidia. It is interesting to note that the top four semiconductor suppliers all have different business models. Intel is essentially a pure-play IDM, Samsung a vertically integrated IC supplier, TSMC a pure-play foundry, and Qualcomm a fabless company.
IC foundries are included in the top 20 ranking because IC Insights has always viewed the ranking as a top supplier list, not as a marketshare ranking, and realizes that in some cases semiconductor sales are double counted. With many of our clients being vendors to the semiconductor industry (supplying equipment, chemicals, gases, etc.), excluding large IC manufacturers like the foundries would leave significant “holes” in the list of top semiconductor suppliers.
Foundries and fabless companies are clearly identified. In the April Update to The McClean Report, marketshare rankings of IC suppliers by product type were presented and foundries were excluded from these listings.
It should be noted that not all foundry sales should be excluded when attempting to create marketshare data. For example, although Samsung had a large amount of foundry sales in the first quarter, most of its sales were still to Apple. Apple does not re-sell these devices so counting these foundry sales as Samsung semiconductor sales does not introduce double counting.
Overall, the list is provided as a guideline to identify which companies are the leading semiconductor suppliers, whether they are IDMs, fabless companies, or foundries.
It took total semiconductor sales of $2.1 billion to make the 1H14 top 20 ranking. In total, the top 20 semiconductor companies’ sales increased by 10 percent in 1H14 as compared to 1H13, three points higher than IC Insights’ current 7 percent forecast for total worldwide semiconductor market growth this year.
Outside of the top six spots, there were numerous changes within the 1H14 top-20 semiconductor supplier ranking. In fact, of the 14 companies ranked 7th through 20th, 12 of them changed positions in 1H14 as compared with 1H13 (with AMD jumping up two spots).
As a result of its top-20 leading 38 percent 1H14 sales surge, MediaTek moved up one position in 1H14 as compared to 1H13 into 12th place. MediaTek continues to experience extremely strong demand for its devices in the booming low-end smartphone business in China and other Asia-Pacific locations. Moreover, MediaTek and MStar finalized their merger on February 1, 2014. Annual post-merger sales for MediaTek are now expected to be over $7 billion this year.
Avago purchased LSI Corp. on May 6, 2014. The combined annual semiconductor sales run-rate of the two companies is currently over $5 billion. Also, last year’s Micron/Elpida merger essentially created a new “giant” semiconductor company with Micron’s total sales this year on pace to be over $16 billion!
It should be noted that the sales of Micron and Elpida, MediaTek and MStar, and Avago and LSI use the combined sales of the two companies for both 1H13 and 1H14, regardless of when the merger actually occurred. This was done in an attempt to make the company’s 1H14/1H13 sales growth rates more directly comparable and give a clearer picture of the merged company’s sizes going forward.