"Our economy isn't going to recover until the housing market finds its footing."
– Mark Zandi,
Worldwide economic uncertainty has given the analog IC market plenty of ups and downs over the last several years; however 2012 was one of the worst years for this segment. Analog was down 7 percent from 2011 with revenues just shy of $40 billion, although this was the unfortunate reality for the entire semiconductor market, which had an average decline of 3 percent in 2012. All markets within analog did poorly, with the exception of the wired market. Power, automotive and communications were the most resilient, whereas computer, interface, and data conversion products took the worst hit.
Texas Instruments still remains the largest manufacturing company in analog in terms of market share; they finished 2012 with 16.7 percent of the entire market, or $6.6 billion in revenue. In 2011, Texas Instruments... read more