Preliminary figures compiled by IHS iSuppli show that though the economic climate remains frosty, 2011 has been a bumper year for semiconductor shipments – driven mainly by increasing consumer demand for smartphones and tablet PCs, as well as increasing use of solid state lighting and growing interest in renewable energy. Total chip sales this year look like they will reach the $312 billion mark, just short of the total that the analyst firm had predicted half way through the year. This is up 2% on 2010 and 37% on the 2009 nadir. However, it was not all good news – with the three major IDMs here in Europe (namely STMicroelectronics, Infineon and NXP) each seeing their revenues drop by a few percentage points. 

The biggest winner has been Californian based microprocessor giant Intel. It managed to outgrow the industry as a whole and raise its market share to nearly 16%. It has also managed to pull away from second placed chip manufacturer, Korea’s Samsung, after several years of seeing its lead eroded. The third and fourth placed manufacturers swapped their positions, with Dallas-based Texas Instruments, thanks to its acquisition of National Semiconductor, edging ahead of Toshiba Semiconductor. The highest climber during this period is ON Semiconductor, jumping seven places up to 19th in the rankings. The Phoenix-based power semiconductor company has nearly doubled its revenue after buying up Sanyo Semiconductor.

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The complete list of top 20 suppliers is as follows:

Rank 2011Rank 2010CompanyKey ProductsRevenue (Billion $)Percentage Change
34Texas InstrumentsDSPs, Comms ICs13.0+8%
43ToshibaMicrocontrollers, Memories11.1+3%
69QualcommComms ICs9.8+40%
77STMicroelectronicsAnalogue ICs, Power ICs8.9-5%
98Micron TechnologyMemories7.1-17%
1010BroadcomComms ICs6.5+7%
1213InfineonPower ICs, Automotive ICs5.2-14%
1416FreescaleMicrocontrollers, Automotive ICs3.9+2.5%
1511Elpida MemoryMemories3.9-40%
1617NXP SemiconductorsAnalogue ICs, Power ICs, Identification ICs3.8-5%
1720NvidiaGraphic Processors3.7+15%
1818MarvellComms ICs3.5-4%
1926ON SemiconductorPower ICs3.4+49%
2015PanasonicDiscretes, Optoelectronics3.4-32%