I’ve reported that the GaAs device market growth slowed considerably in the second half of 2011 (2011 GaAs Device Revenue Falters after Strong Start), dropping the overall revenue increase in the GaAs device market to 6%. This was well below 2010’s 35% growth, but is right in line with the historical growth rate of the market. Despite the market returning to historical averages, some companies did significantly better than the market. The Strategy Analytics GaAs and Compound Semiconductor Technologies Service (GaAs) Insight, “Skyworks Remains the Largest GaAs Device Manufacturer,” explores 2011 GaAs device revenue results and growth trends, as well as revenue performance of leading device manufacturers, like RFMD, Skyworks, TriQuint Semiconductor, Avago Technologies, Renesas Electronics, Hittite and WIN Semiconductors.
The two companies in our top ten GaAs device manufacturers that showed the fastest growth in 2011 also illustrated two of the most important trends in the GaAs device industry in 2011: diversification and outsourcing. Skyworks Solutions, the largest GaAs device manufacturer had a stellar year in 2011, reporting revenue increases of 27%. This growth, well in excess of the market appears to be a testimonial to Skyworks’ efforts at diversifying their smartphone customers, products, technology and market applications. Skyworks is widening their lead over rivals TriQuint, RFMD and Avago Technologies.
The second company showing much stronger revenue growth than the GaAs device market in 2011 was WIN Semiconductors. WIN checked in with revenue nearly 37% higher in 2011! The growth at WIN Semiconductors reflects their commitment to expansion and it illustrates an increasing desire by GaAs device manufacturers to outsource their foundry operations. Companies with foundries, as well as start-ups are looking closely at the “fab-less” or “fab-lite” outsourced business model as a method to increase the range of process technologies that can be offered and provide a capacity buffer without the need for large levels of capital investment. WIN has taken advantage of this trend to easily become the GaAs device industry’s largest pure-play GaAs foundry.
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