Intel Corp. (NASDAQ: INTC) grew its share of the total global semiconductor market to 15.9% in 2011, posting growth of nearly 21% year-over-year, based on the latest research from iSuppli. Licensees of the ARM designs of ARM Holdings plc (NASDAQ: ARMH), including Samsung Electronics (OTC: SSNLF.PK) and Qualcomm Inc. (NASDAQ: QCOM) also saw share rises, as did Texas Instruments Inc. (NASDAQ: TXN).
Demand for Intel’s latest PC chips, together with higher demand for NAND flash memory drove the company’s performance in 2011. Intel also got a boost from its acquisition of mobile chipmaker Infineon Technologies. Texas Instruments’ acquisition of National Semiconductor boosted the company from 4th place to 3rd, while demand for Qualcomm’s ARM-based chips catapulted the company from 9th to 6th in the rankings. Qualcomm’s total grew by nearly 42% to 3.3% of the global market.
The iSuppli press release is available here.