In 2014, the semiconductor market enjoyed its "best industry performance since 2010," according to the latest report from market research firm IHS. IHS projects that semiconductor revenue will total $353.2 billion in 2014, an increase of 9.4% from last year's $322.8 billion. Dale Ford, the research firm's VP and Chief Analyst, comments:
This is the healthiest the semiconductor business has been in many years, not only in light of the overall growth, but also because of the broad-based nature of the market expansion. . . . While the upswing in 2013 was almost entirely driven by growth in a few specific memory segments, the rise in 2014 is built on a widespread increase in demand for a variety of different types of chips. Because of this, nearly all semiconductor suppliers can enjoy good cheer as they enter the 2014 holiday season.”
IHS's report also includes a breakdown of the top 20 semiconductor makers and their predicted performance for 2014:
Intel is still at the top of the chart, though its 6.3% revenue growth is the lowest of the top five. AMD's revenue growth was a couple of points lower than Intel's, at 4.6%, while Nvidia's growth was three points higher, equaling the 9.4% industry average.
Of the top 20, IHS says Avago and MediaTek saw the strongest growth overall—107.9% and 57.5%, respectively. Avago was helped by its purchase of LSI and PLX, while MediaTek got a boost from its acquisition of MStar.