Market and industry overview: Exceptional relative performance

Smartphones and tablets key factor in China's exceptional semiconductor performance

Worldwide semiconductor market by region, 2003-2011 

China's impact on the semiconductor industry
 

Worldwide semiconductor market by region, 2003-2011

 

In 2011, China's semiconductor consumption market grew by 14.6% to reach a record 47% of the global market. Measured in US dollars, China's semiconductor market growth in 2011 was more than ten times greater than that of the total worldwide semiconductor industry. Much of this exceptional growth was the result of China's dominant position in the production of smartphones and media tablets. China's semiconductor industry also grew by 14.4% in 2011 to reach a record $43.5 billion. A significant portion of that growth was attributed to China's IC design or fabless sector which grew by more than 36% in 2011.

China’s semiconductor market growth, 2000–2011

China’s semiconductor market growth, 2000–2011

China's impact on the semiconductor industry
 

China’s semiconductor market growth, 2000–2011

China compared with worldwide semiconductor market by device 2011

China compared with worldwide semiconductor market by device 2011

China's impact on the semiconductor industry
 

China compared with worldwide semiconductor market by device 2011

Over the past eight years, China's share of the worldwide semiconductor consumption market has grown from less than 19% in 2003 to just over 47% in 2011. China —the fifth and smallest semiconductor consuming region in 2003—has become the dominant consumer of semiconductors, using more than double the amount of any other region for each of the last three years.

The major global semiconductor companies continue to dominate the Chinese market. The largest suppliers to the Chinese market continue to be the same multinational semiconductor companies. There have been only thirteen different companies that have been among these top ten suppliers over the past nine years since our initial report. Eight companies have been among the top ten semiconductor suppliers to China every year from 2003 through 2011.

 

Available chapters in this report

Article title Chapter
Market & industry overview Chapter 1
China's semiconductor industry Chapter 2
Design in China Chapter 3
Greater China: The bigger picture Chapter 4
Manufacturing: Growing capabilities Chapter 5
Government and production growth scenarios Chapter 6
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