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Semiconductor market can be said to poised much better than it was a few years ago. With the advent of smartphones and tablets, Intel’s position has the top has been shaken somewhat (though it still is the unchallenged market leader), while other manufacturers have gotten a chance to gain some market share.

Gartner’s numbers for semiconductor market are in and surprise, surprise, Intel has managed to maintain its top position for the 21st consecutive year. That’s right, you might hear about ARM processors on the news most of the time, but they are still miles behind the Silicon Valley giant. The total worldwide semiconductor revenue reached $299.9 billion in 2012, down 2.6 YoY.  Intel held a 16 percent share on the market, down from 16.5 percent in 2011. Intel’s revenue for 2012 stood at $49.08 billion. The company might see further decline in market share in 2013, given that Intel hasn’t been able to create a dent in the smartphone and tablet market exactly (or have they?).

Samsung was in the second spot with a revenue of $28.6 billion. The revenue according to Gartner, was held back by weak DRAM growth in 2012, as well as a dilution of the NAND flash market. However, thanks to a growth in application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) and application-specific standard products (ASSPs), the company managed to achieve an overall growth.

It was Qualcomm though, that showed the biggest growth, jumping from sixth spot in 2011 to the 3rd spot in 2012. With a revenue of $13.17 billion, the company was ahead of Texas Instruments, Broadcomm and Toshiba.

Among others, there were many companies in the top 25 that lost more than 10 percent revenue compared to 2011.