IHS iSuppli reports semiconductor sales rose 1.3 percent in 2011. Intel is number one as usual, and the company had a great year as its revenue increased by 20.6 percent. Further details at The Tech Report.
Not only that, but IHS goes on to say Intel's 15.6% revenue share is the highest the company has seen since "at least 2001." (The company had a 14.9% piece of revenue at the time.) The higher share is purportedly due not just to greater demand for Intel's processors, but also to the company's success in flash memory and its purchase of Infineon's Wireless Solutions business.
Intel's success aside, IHS says 2011 was a "tough" year for the semiconductor market as a whole. Yearly growth was only 1.3%, about six points below the research firm's original predictions, and only 53% of the semiconductor companies in IHS's roster enjoyed any revenue growth at all.