After facing revenue of $333 billion in 2015, which was a flat year, the semiconductor global market grew just marginally in 2016, according to Databeans, Inc. 2016 saw global revenue of $336 billion, as the DRAM and NAND flash memory markets have shrunk by 1 percent since 2015. Only a handful of markets showed any significant recovery in 2016, most notably the automotive semiconductor industry expanding by 11 percent.
2016 also saw major acquisitions. Avago Technologies acquired Broadcom Corporation for $37 billion, forming Broadcom Ltd. Broadcom Ltd. is now fourth in market share, following Intel, Samsung, and Qualcomm. Qualcomm recently announced that it would be acquiring NXP which had already acquired Freescale. This moves Qualcomm into the analog market even more with a significant play in the automotive segment.
In the first few months of 2017, the semiconductor market has been seeing growth in revenues which will drive a strong forecast this year from Databeans, Inc. The market researcher expects global revenues to reach $370 billion in 2017. Along with a strong recovery after 4 years of stagnant conditions, particularly in the last three years, suppliers are investing again in manufacturing. Spending on fabrication facilities is expected to grow by 13 percent this year as close to 19 new facilities are scheduled to begin construction.