Renesas passes automotive semiconductor competitors, Semicast reckons

March 11, 2013 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
According to a current study from British market research firm Semicast Research, Renesas Electronics was the leading vendor of semiconductors to the OE automotive sector in 2012, ahead of Infineon Technologies. STMicroelectronics retained its position as third largest supplier, with Freescale fourth and NXP fifth.

The Semicast figures highlight the significance of the automotive sector for the semiconductor industry. In 2012, a phase characterized by overall soft demand and a revenue drop of 3 % for the chip industry as a whole, the revenues for OE automotive semiconductors grew by 12 percent to USD 25.5 billion.

Semicast's OE automotive semiconductor vendor share analysis ranks Renesas Electronics as the leading supplier in 2012, with an estimated market share of 13.3%. Renesas continues to hold a substantial lead over the second placed supplier, Infineon Technologies, which in 2012 had an estimated market share of 8.3%. STMicroelectronics is judged to have been the third largest supplier last year with a market share of 7.4%, ahead of Freescale on 6.6% and NXP on 6.0%.

Colin Barnden, Principal Analyst at Semicast Research and study author, commented “The list of vendors making up the top five positions to the OE automotive semiconductor market has remained unchanged since 2006, despite the dramatic rises and falls in the market over this period”.

2012 OE Automotive Semiconductor Vendor Share Ranking:

Renesas Electronics 13.3%

Infineon Technologies 8.3%

STMicroelectronics 7.4%

Freescale Semiconductor 6.6%

NXP Semiconductor 6.0%

Top 5 Total:  41.6%