Semiconductor industry

The semiconductor industry is the aggregate collection of companies engaged in the design and fabrication of semiconductor devices. It formed around 1960, once the fabrication of semiconductors became a viable business. It has since grown to be a $335.2 billion industry in 2015.[1]

Industry structure

The global semiconductor industry is dominated by USA, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, and European Union. The U.S. industry faces challenges to development by some forms of government regulation. The U.S. government regulates exports and certain uses of some types of semiconductors due to their potential dual use in military applications.

Based on a KPMG report it was a $304 billion market.

Company Country of origin Revenue
$ USD)
2012/2011 changes Market share
1111Intel Corporation United States$47,543 -2.4%15.7%
2222Samsung Electronics South Korea$30,474+6.7%10.1%
3696Qualcomm United States$12,976+27.2%4.3%
4344Texas Instruments United States$12,008-14.0%4.0%
5433Toshiba Semiconductors Japan$10,996-13.6%3.6%
6559Renesas Electronics (1) Japan$9,430-11.4%3.1%
7867Hynix South Korea$8,462-8.9%2.8%
8775STMicroelectronics France /  Italy$8,453-13.2%2.8%
9101014Broadcom United States$7,840+9.5%2.6%
109813Micron Technology (2) United States$6,955-5.6%2.3%



This industry features a number of distinct characteristics that position it uniquely in the economy and in the global competitive arena. These include:

See also


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