US companies have 54% of IC market, says IC Insights

US companies have 54% of IC market, says IC Insights

American companies held a 54% share of the total worldwide IC market in 2015, which includes sales from IDMs and fabless IC companies, reports IC Insights.

The total does not include foundry sales.

South Korean companies captured a 20% share of total IC sales and Japanese companies placed third with only an 8% share. Chinese companies accounted for 3% of total IC sales last year.

The Taiwanese companies, on the strength of their fabless company IC sales, first surpassed the European companies in total IC sales share in 2013. However, although the European companies had about $1.4 billion less in total IC sales as compared to the Taiwanese companies last year, the European companies could surpass the Taiwanese companies in IC sales this year as Europe-headquartered NXP absorbs Freescale’s $3.7 billion in IC sales as a result of their merger in December 2015.


Korean and Japanese companies are extremely weak in the fabless IC segment with the Taiwanese and Chinese companies displaying a noticeable lack of presence in the IDM (i.e., companies with IC fabrication facilities) portion of the IC market. Overall, US-headquartered companies show the most balance with regard to IDM, fabless, and total IC industry marketshare.

At 62%, US companies held the dominant share of fabless IC sales last year, although this share was down from 69% in 2010. Since 2010, the largest increase in fabless IC marketshare has come from the Chinese suppliers, which held a 10% share last year as compared to only 5% in 2010.

In contrast to the situation in the IDM segment, in which the European companies are expected to gain marketshare through acquisitions, the European fabless IC companies lost marketshare in 2015.

The reason for this loss was the acquisition of UK-based CSR, the second largest European fabless IC supplier, by Qualcomm and the purchase of Germany-based Lantiq, the third largest European fabless IC supplier, by Intel in early 2015.

These acquisitions left Dialog as the only Europe-headquartered fabless IC supplier in the top 50-company ranking and subtracted about $1.2 billion from the total European-headquartered fabless IC sales total, dropping their share to only 2% last year.


Telekom Romania financial insights

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Telekom Romania’s operating profit for its fixed communications operations fell by 33% in local currency terms in 2014.

Quoting a report by the group following an obligation imposed by the regulator ANCOM and audited by PricewaterhouseCoopers, ZF adds that it amounted to RON39.6 million (€8.9 million).

It also says that the turnover generated by the telco’s fixed communications operations, which included the former Romtelecom and cable company Nextgen Communications, increased by 4% in 2014 to RON2.89 billion.

Sources at Telekom Romania told ZF that the figures contained in the report were calculated according to International Financial Reporting Standards.

They also said that financial statements for 2014 prepared in accordance with Romanian standards are still awaiting the approval of the company’s shareholders.


How A Practical Joke By CB Insights Skewering VC Culture Fooled Silicon Valley

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CHRISTINA FARR 04.04.16 4:52 PM
Anand Sanwal, the CEO of CB Insights—a research firm that tracks investment in startups—had an idea for an April Fools’ Day joke that made fun of Silicon Valley’s unicorns and the venture capitalists who fund them.

At the end of the day on April 1, the company announced on its social media feeds that it had launched a new $40 million fund called “ChubbyBrain Ventures” and that it was looking for a “diverse set of candidates from Harvard, Stanford, or Wharton” (hah!).

If that dig at tech’s well-documented diversity problem proved to be too subtle, the post also included a GIF of a unicorn and a call out for “chubby” startups that are somewhere between “the lean and fat startup” (whatever that means).
Within 48 hours, the company says it was flooded with resumes from venture partners, congratulatory notes, co-investment opportunities, and even a few news articles that have subsequently been removed. CB Insights informed any journalists who reached out to them before publishing that it was an April Fools’ joke.

“I suspect that some people only skimmed the headline and not the post, which might explain the congratulatory notes,” says Sanwal. “But I would assume that those who reached out for employment opportunities gave it a read.”
I mentioned to Sanwal that I hear far crazier stuff delivered in a totally un-ironic way on the regular. One incident that comes to mind is from two years ago, when a prominent venture capitalist informed me that he often calls his wife for an opinion when he gets a pitch deck from an e-commerce startup—and is therefore “friendly to female founders.” Or, there’s the constant stream of meaningless jargon in news articles and press releases (what is a SaaS enterprise wellness platform, anyway)?

Sanwal didn’t set out to prove any larger point, but he was surprised—and perhaps even a little freaked out—by the positive responses to a post, in which he intentionally depicted himself as a total douche bag. “People probably fell for it because we have all heard this kind of crazy, absurd thing before.”

Well, Silicon Valley, I guess the joke is on us.


MOZ Local Insights Launches – A Hub for Analyzing Local Marketing Presence

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Meet Moz Local Search Insights. The company says the new tool is designed to provide businesses with a comprehensive understanding of their local search presence.

In an email interview with Small Business Trends, Dudley Carr, VP of Engineering at Moz, said, “Moz Local Insights is unique in how it helps a business look at local data. For each piece of data, we distill the data across all of your locations into a single, meaningful number. Moz Local Insights then breaks those numbers down to provide more detail into what’s driving those metrics.”

Delivering these metrics requires understanding locations, and for small businesses looking to get a return on their local search efforts, Moz Local Insights provides business analytics that allows companies to see how they are doing compared to local competitors for relevant search keywords.

By looking at performance data coming from Google Analytics, Google My Business, ranking metrics from Google search and reviews from sites like Yelp that have the potential to show in your search result, Moz Local Insights measures the metrics with the most impact as they relate to your local search marketing efforts.

Carr said, “It is going to give local businesses the most holistic picture of their digital marketing.”

The value of local search is also highlighted by Google in its research paper, “Understanding Consumers’ Local Search Behavior.” It said, “Local searches lead to more purchases than non-local searches. Eighteen percent of local searches on smartphone lead to a purchase within a day verses 7 percent of non-local searches.”

When Moz announced the beta release, Director of Local Search Strategy David Mihm said, this platform is, “The hub for analyzing your location-centric digital activity.” Because it is becoming increasingly more difficult to keep up with the disparate sources where this data appears.

The beta release has features driven by customers. Everyone from agencies to enterprise brands had some input in how to improve the platform, and Moz made great efforts to incorporate those suggestions.

When you access a location or multiple locations in your account, or locations you have tagged with custom labels, you see daily-updated reporting in three key areas: location page performance, SERP rankings and reputation.

Location Page Performance

According to Moz, this section refines the metrics from online traffic that is most important to brick- and-mortar businesses into a single screen. It breaks down the traffic by percentages, sources by device type and a list of local directories sending potential customers to your website.

Mihm said, “While we haven’t yet integrated impression data from these directories, this should give you a relative indicator of customer engagement on each. We’re hoping to add even more performance metrics, including Google My Business and other primary consumer destinations, as they become available.”


The Visibility section has the reports of the rankings focused on location. The metrics it provides include performance in local packs and organic results. Just as the scoring system in Moz Analytics, Mihms said they have combined rankings into a single metric for both types of results to reflect the likelihood that a searcher will click on a result for your business when searching a given keyword.

It also lets you compare up to three competitors at a time to see how your business is faring. You can choose any competitor with granular visibility based on analysis by keyword, locations, average local rank, average organic rank and visibility score.


The Reputation section shows the progress of your review of acquisition efforts in terms of volume and the ratings that people are leaving for your business. This includes a distribution of where people are leaving reviews. Based on this information, a business can identify the sites that need more attention and take action with better marketing, etc.

This section will have more features to include more review sources, sentiment analysis and notifications and summaries of new reviews.

Even when we decide to patronize a multi-national company with presence in many countries around the world, our decision is based on the quality of the product locally. And for local businesses, the available technology in the market place, such as Moz Local Search Insights, can provide solutions that highlight the value of place in their marketing mix with great results.

Search Insights is enabled for all Moz Local customers by default.