European share of fabless chip market halves to 1%

March 21, 2017 // By Peter Clarke
Europe's share of the global market for fabless chips has halved to 1 percent in a year and the continent is left with just one company in the global top 50 of fabless chip suppliers, according to market researcher IC Insights.

Fabless IC suppliers sold $90.4 billion of chips in 2016 or 30 percent of the world's IC sales (up from only 18% ten years earlier in 2006). 

Europe's collapse from 2 percent of the market in 2015 and 4 percent in 2010 is due to the sell-off of various European companies and business units. UK-based CSR, the second largest European fabless IC supplier was acquired by U.S.-based Qualcomm in 1Q15 and Germany-based Lantiq, the third largest European fabless IC supplier, went to U.S.-based Intel in 2Q15.

2016 fabless chip company sales by headquarters locations. Source: IC Insights.

Dialog Semiconductors plc with $1.2 billion in sales in 2016 is now the only Europe-headquartered fabless IC supplier in the fabless top 50-company ranking. Norway-based Nordic Semiconductor just missed making the top 50 ranking with 2016 sales of $198 million.

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