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MediaTek ranks 14th among IC suppliers in 2013: research report

TAIPEI--MediaTek Inc., one of Taiwan's leading integrated circuit designers, is expected to rise to 14th place in the 2013 rankings of the world's largest semiconductor suppliers, up from 18th last year, a research report said Wednesday.

Market information advisory firm iSuppli said in the report that MediaTek could post US$4.43 billion in sales for 2013, a 32.1 percent annual increase, boosting its ranking in the global IC market.

According to iSuppli, MediaTek's share of the global market is estimated at 1.4 percent for 2013, but its ranking excludes semiconductor foundry operators such as Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.

The report did not detail how MediaTek will achieve such high growth, but market analysts said the IC designer has benefited from its rising smartphone chip shipments to China, where low-cost smartphone models are gaining popularity.

The 2013 revenue generated by the world's semiconductor business is expected to show an annual increase of almost 5 percent, rising to US$317.9 billion, according to iSuppli.

The growth forecast was based on strong expansion in the dynamic random access memory (DRAM) and NAND flash businesses, the advisory firm said.

U.S.-based DRAM supplier Micron Technology Inc., one of the companies that has benefited from such growth, is expected to record a 109.2 percent annual increase in sales to US$14.17 billion, the report said.

After completing a merger with its Japanese counterpart Elpida Memory Inc., Micron is forecast to hold a 4.5 percent market share and climb to fourth spot among the world's largest IC suppliers for 2013, from 10th place in 2012, according to the report.

Also benefiting from the booming DRAM market, South Korea's SK Hynix Inc. could post US$13.34 billion in sales for 2013, up 48.7 percent from 2012, ranking as the world's fifth largest IC supplier with a 4.2 percent market share, the advisory firm said.

Intel Corp. of the U.S. is expected to maintain its status as the world's largest semiconductor maker in 2013, posting US$46.96 billion in sales, down 1.0 percent from 2012, but holding a 14.8 percent share of the global market, the report forecast.

Samsung Electronics Co. of South Korea is likely to place second, with a 10.5 percent market share and a 7 percent annual increase in sales to US$33.46 billion, ISuppli said.

Wireless communications chip provider Qualcomm Inc. of the U.S. is forecast to rank third with a 31.6 percent annual sales rise to US$17.34 billion and a 5.5 percent market share, according to iSuppli.

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