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List: Top10 Semiconductor vendors by revenue

The top 25 semiconductor vendors' revenue declined 4.2 percent, more than the industry average, and accounted for a smaller portion of the industry's total revenue — 68.2 percent in 2012, compared with 69.2 percent in 2011.
Top 10 Semiconductor vendors by estimated revenue, worldwide, 2012 (Millions of Dollars)
  1. (2011: 1) - Intel - USD 49,295 million - 16.6% market share
  2. (2011: 2) - Samsung - USD 24,974 million - 8.4% market share
  3. (2011: 6) - Qualcomm - USD 12,954 million - 4.4% market share
  4. (2011: 4) - Texas - USD 11,001 million - 3.7% market share
  5. (2011: 3) - Toshiba - USD 10,162 million - 3.4% market share
  6. (2011: 5) - Renesas - USD 10,030 million - 3.4% market share
  7. (2011: 7) - STMicro - USD 8,410 million - 2.8% market share
  8. (2011: 8) - SK Hynix - USD 8,340 million - 2.8% market share
  9. (2011: 10) - Broadcom - USD 7,792 million - 2.6% market share
  10. (2011: 9) - Micron - USD 6,935 million - 2.3% market share

The industry was expected to show little growth in the early part of 2012, although order rates were expected to creep up in the second half, paving the way for a recovery phase in 2013. However, the expected renewal did not occur in 2012. Third quarter order rates were below seasonal expectations, and guidance for the fourth quarter of 2012 forecast further declines.

"Uncertainty about the state of the macroeconomy, coupled with ongoing inventory overhang, sent ripples through the semiconductor industry," said Steve Ohr, research director at Gartner. "The hardest hit areas include the PC supply chain, memory, analog and discrete components. The PC business, ordinarily a growth driver, was on a negative slope for the first time in many years. PC production declined 2.5 percent in 2012. Even the smartphone juggernaut had begun to show signs of maturing, though it remained the strongest driver for revenue growth in 2012."

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