Intel, Qualcomm, ON Semi. Nichia are Biggest Chipmaking Winners of 2011
March 27, 2012 5:49 PM
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Intel's Infineon purchase paid off with a substantial rise in revenue
For all its critics and cynics, Intel Corp. (
) was still on top of the chipmaking market in 2011, posting one of the largest year-to-year growth numbers, according to a
[press release] by
I. The Winners
Intel's whopping 20.6 percent gains came thanks to its
purchase of Infineon’s wireless unit
, an ARM Holdings plc (
) licensee who makes mobile baseband processors using the lightweight architecture, helped Intel realize big mobile sales and embed itself in smartphones.
Another big winner was San Diego, Calif. based Qualcomm Inc. (
). Buoyed by strong sales of Android handsets, Qualcomm posted explosive 41.6 percent growth, rising from 9th place in global chip sales to 6th place. Interestingly, Qualcomm is poised to wage war with Intel in the PC space in 2012, with the launch of the
ARM-friendly Windows 8
Snapdragon 4-powered laptops/tablets
Qualcomm's chipmaking rivals NVIDIA Corp. (
) and Texas Instruments Inc. (
) posted modest growth of 12.9 and 7.5 percent, respectively. While not exactly the sales juggernaut that Snapdragon has proved, NVIDIA's Tegra and Texas Instruments' OMAP chip families sold well in 2011, supplementing the companies' more traditional sales fodder.
U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm won big in 2011. [Image Source: Jason Mick/DailyTech LLC]
Outside the ARM space, the biggest winner -- the biggest growth of anyone, for that matter -- was ON Semiconductor Corp. (
). A maker of LCD lighting and various other automotive and consumer solutions, the company's scooped up smaller players on its way to a formidable year of sales. Nichia Corp. -- another LED maker -- bucked the trend of Japanese firms declining in 2011, positing an impressive 34.1 percent growth.
(Click to enlarge) [Image Source: iSuppli, modifications: DailyTech]
II. The Losers
Overall the effects of the March Tohoku earthquake and tsunami helped to drag down global averages in sales. Japanese electronics firms saw a 7.2 revenue decline, in contrast with the average U.S. growth rate of 7.5 percent. A weak yen also hurt Japan. Sony Corp. (
among the losers
Memory manufacturers were also hit by a painful year, which left Samsung reportedly the
only profitable manufacturer of DRAM
. Some Japanese firms felt the double-blow of the tsunami, the weakening yen, and weakening DRAM demand. Toshiba Corp. (
) was among these unlucky few.
The tsunami and flooding in southeast Asia led Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (
) to experience practically no revenue growth, despite a strong year of smartphone sales.
Overall sales grew a tepid 1.3 percent globally, after a 5.9 percent decline in Q4 2011. Only 52.6 percent of the top 302 chipmakers examined in the report posted positive revenue growth in 2011.
In 2012, expect 2011's winners to keep winning. Intel is well positioned with
. Likewise, Qualcomm, NVIDIA, Samsung, and Texas Instruments are expected to continue their sales ascent. And
LED lighting firms
are expected to flourish, as prices drop and
companies and individual buyers
turn to the energy efficient lighting source.
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RE: Another Mick BS Comment
3/28/2012 10:53:12 AM
While the Infineon group helped, it was only about $1.5B of the $8B+, client and server CPU's were the largest chunk of the $8B.
This is from Intel's investors site:
Full Year Business unit revenue:
•PC Client Group had revenue of $35.4 billion, up 17% from 2010.
•Data Center Group had revenue of $10.1 billion, up 17% from 2010.
•Other Intel architecture group had revenue of $5.0 billion, up 64% from 2010.
•Intel Atom microprocessor and chipset revenue of $1.2 billion, down 25% from 2010.
•McAfee Inc. and Intel Mobile Communications contributed revenue of $3.6 billion.
"If you look at the last five years, if you look at what major innovations have occurred in computing technology, every single one of them came from AMD. Not a single innovation came from Intel." -- AMD CEO Hector Ruiz in 2007
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