El Segundo, Calif. —Renesas maintained its number one ranking in the automotive semiconductor market in 2013, with a half-billion-dollar gap over the second-place competitor, Infineon, according to IHS Technology. Rounding out the top five are STMicroelecronics, Freescale and NXP. The overall automotive semiconductor market expanded five percent in 2013, reaching $26.7 billion in 2013, up from $25.4 billion in 2012, said IHS.
The 2013 rankings of the top 10 automotive IC suppliers remained exactly the same as in 2012. “The strong hold of the top 10 suppliers comes from their decades of investment to meet the specific requirements of automotive tier 1 and original equipment manufacturers for product quality and service support,” said Ahad Buksh, IHS analyst for automotive semiconductors, in a statement. “IHS believes that because of this, automotive manufacturers will tend to maintain long-term relationships with such established semiconductor suppliers.”
Japan-based Renesas posted automotive semiconductor revenue of $2.9 billion last year, with an 11 percent market share, despite a 14 percent decline in revenue caused by a fluctuation in the exchange rate between the Japanese yen and U.S. dollar, according to findings in the IHS Automotive Competitive Landscaping Tool. However, Renesas’ automotive semiconductor sales actually rose by five percent when measured in terms of its native yen, according to IHS.
“Renesas has built hegemony in automotive semiconductors based on its leadership position in major product categories within the market,” said Luca DeAmbroggi, principal analyst for automotive semiconductors at IHS, in a statement. “The company in 2012 was the top supplier in the microcomponent and logic ICs categories with market share of 37 percent and 13 percent, respectively. Renesas is also ahead of the pack in the automotive infotainment domain with a market share of 11 percent.”
Infineon maintained the No. 2 position with revenue of $2.4 billion and nine percent overall market share, thanks to its leadership in the powertrain semiconductor segment. The company held a 15 percent share in the powertrain segment thanks to its broad portfolio of chips, including analog power management ICs, discrete semiconductors, microcontrollers as well as magnetic and pressure sensors.
At No. 3 is European firm STMicroelectronics, which posted revenue of $1.98 billion, holding a market share of 7.4 percent. IHS said the company led the automotive analog IC category with a share of 15.9 percent. These devices are used in all automotive applications, including chassis and safety, powertrain, infotainment, and body and convenience electronics.
The report also calls out several suppliers, including Texas Instruments, Robert Bosch and NXP Semiconductors for their strong growth. Texas Instruments, ranked No. 7, posted the largest percentage increase among the top 10, growing 21 percent thanks to business in embedded processors. Robert Bosch, ranked No. 6, grew its revenue by 19 percent, and NXP, ranked No. 5, increased its sales by 15 percent.