Broadcom remained the number one fabless chip vendor despite low growth. Number two Qualcomm is suffering from a slowdown in the global smartphone market that has resulted in an oversupply of components and lower prices, TrendForce said. The other nine companies all achieved annual growth with Nvidia, Marvell, NovaTek and Xilinx all achieving double-digit percentage growth.
A number of consumer-oriented Taiwan-based companies performed well in the third quarter due to component stocking for equipment builds for the coming holiday season, TrendForce said. MediaTek recovered from an annual decline in 2Q18 to achieve 3 percent growth in 3Q18.
Top ten fabless chip companies by revenue in 3Q18. Source: TrendForce.
Nvidia benefitted from strong adoption of its GPUs for use in machine learning platforms in data centers. Nvidia's data center IC business recorded a 65.3 percent growth in 3Q18 and there was general strength in gaming, professional vision and automotive applications resulting in a year-on-year jump in third quarter revenue of 32.1 percent.
Marvell's jump was largely due to the acquisition of Cavium Inc. in November 2017 (see Marvell to buy Cavium for $6 billion ).
Strangely AMD did not continue the surge it made earlier in the year despite reports of shortages of Intel processors for personal computers, which should have provided a sales opportunity (see AMD takes 65% of desktop CPU market ).
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