London, England -- Renesas Electronics was the top vendor of semiconductors to the original equipment (OE) automotive sector in 2013, according to Semicast Research. Rounding out the top five are Infineon Technologies, STMicroelectronics, Freescale, and NXP. Revenue for the OE automotive semiconductor market is estimated at $27.1 billion in 2013, according to the market research company.
The top five vendors held nearly 40 percent of the total 2013 market share, compared to 42 percent in 2012. Renesas held an estimated market share of 10.8 percent in 2013, and continued its lead over Infineon Technologies, with an estimated market share of 8.8 percent. Renesas’ lead over Infineon narrowed by three percentage points last year "in part as a result of substantial currency movements," according to Colin Barnden, Semicast's principal analyst. Both Freescale and NXP made slight gains.
Here's the 2013 ranking by market share:
1. Renesas Electronics 10.8% (2012:13.3%)
2. Infineon Technologies 8.8% (8.3%)
3. STMicroelectronics 7.3% (7.4%)
4. Freescale Semiconductor 6.8% (6.6%)
5. NXP Semiconductor 6.1% (6.0%)
In 2013, the Euro was about three percent stronger against the dollar compared to 2012, while the Japanese Yen was more than 20 percent weaker, stated Barnden. “Measured in Yen, Semicast estimates that Renesas grew its OE automotive semiconductor revenues by more than five percent in 2013, although when measured in dollars its sales are judged to have fallen by almost fifteen percent," he added.
Growth in the overall automotive electronics sector is attributed in part to new requirements for engine control, advanced safety systems, and infotainment applications. Semiconductor consumption in China alone increased 10 percent in 2013, and is expected to grow 11 percent in 2014 to reach $4.6 billion, according to IHS Technology.