Memory chip company Micron Technology was the leading performer, according to the market research company, as its sales expanded 82 percent year-on-year and it climbed from tenth spot to fifth. This was also partly as a result of its acquisition of Elpida Memory whose $2.5 billion sales are included in Micron's total and partly from a recovery in average selling prices for memory. The latter also helped South Korea's SK Hynix increase sales 43 percent and climb two places to sixth in the ranking. This was despite a fire and production setback at its largest memory fab in China and was based on a 32 percent surge in the DRAM market.
Elsewhere in the list fabless chip company Qualcomm increased sales 31 percent to retain fourth spot and another fabless chip company pursuing the mobile equipment market, MediaTek, achieved a 36 percent increase in sales to leap from 22nd in 2012 to 16th in 2013. With MediaTek due to merge with MStar in 2014, the annual post-merger sales for MediaTek should be over $6 billion, most likely enough to lift the company into the 12th spot in the 2014 ranking.
The top four positions in 2013 remained unchanged although Intel suffered along with the PC market it has come to dominate. It remains the top chip company but its sales declined 2 percent. Samsung achieved annual growth of 7 percent. While foundry TSMC, placed third with 17 percent sales growth.
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IC Insights includes ICs, optoelectronics, discretes, and sensors in its tally of semiconductor sales. The top 20 vendors for 2013 included nine suppliers headquartered in the U.S., three in Japan, three in Taiwan, three in Europe, and two in South Korea. It also includes three pure-play foundries – TSMC, GlobalFoundries, and UMC – and five fabless companies.