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IC Insights forecasts profitability of the top 30 fabless chip vendors

Publishing various forecasts is a favourite of marketing companies, especially at the year-end. The demand for such researches is always high as it enables to estimate future market prospects.

The regular report from IC Insights forecasts profitability of the top 30 fabless chip vendors for 2003.

As you can see, the palm of supremacy remains with Qualcomm again this year. Moreover, this company expects a considerable growth of 29% comparing to 2002. NVIDIA still occupies the second place despite the 4% reduction. And ATI is to raise from the 8th to the 6th place with its 76% shipments volume growth.

In general, we must state the 23% total sales growth expected in 2003.

The table below contains only chip vendor data and doesn´t consider the discrete component sales.

IC Insights: shipments forecast for 2003, $ million
2003 2002 Vendor Country 2002 2002 / 2001 2003 (forecast) 2003 / 2002 (forecast)
1 1 Qualcomm USA 1942 39% 2510 29%
2 2 NVIDIA USA 1915 50% 1835 4%
3 4 Broadcom USA 1083 13% 1595 47%
4 3 Xilinx USA 1125 2% 1265 12%
5 5 MediaTek Taiwan 854 91% 1170 37%
6 8 ATI Canada 645 34% 1135 76%
7 10 SanDisk USA 493 56% 930 89%
8 7 Altera USA 712 15% 830 17%
9 11 Marvell USA 482 75% 780 62%
10 9 Conexant USA 627 3% 650 4%
11 6 VIA Taiwan 729 28% 620 15%
12 12 QLogic USA 415 16% 520 25%
13 18 Globespan Virata USA 229 (14%) 360 57%
14 16 Sunplus Taiwan 250 28% 320 28%
15 23 Novatek Taiwan 193 56% 311 61%
16 24 Silicon Lab USA 182 146% 310 70%
17 15 Realtek Taiwan 265 24% 300 13%
18 17 SST USA 244 6% 250 2%
19 21 PMC-Sierra Canada 213 34% 245 15%
20 20 ICS USA 228 47% 237 4%
21 19 Lattice USA 229 22% 218 5%
22 29 Zoran USA 141 41% 213 51%
23 22 Genesis Microchip Canada 196 56% 211 8%
24 28 SMSC USA 145 13% 202 39%
25 Zarlink Canada 201
26 25 ALi Taiwan 176 11% 200 14%
27 13 Cirrus Logic USA 304 43% 198 35%
28 14 ESS USA 273 1% 180 34%
29 32 DSP Group USA 125 42% 170 36%
30 26 Semtech USA 170 0% 160 6%
    The rest 2210 12% 2514 14%
    Total 16795 11% 20640 23%

Source: The DigiTimes

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