MediaTek and AMD has shown good form in the second quarter of 2016, according to IC Insights.

IC Insights includes foundries in the top-20 semiconductor supplier ranking since it has always viewed the ranking as a top supplier list, not a market-share ranking, and realises that in some cases the semiconductor sales are double counted. The top-20 ranking includes three pure-play foundries (TSMC, GlobalFoundries, and UMC) and six fabless companies.

EETA ICInsights 01 Figure 1: Top 20 semiconductor vendors ranked by 1H16 sales revenue. (Source: IC Insights)

There was one new entrant into the top-20 ranking in 1H16 as compared to the 2015 ranking–AMD, which replaced Japan-based Sharp. In 2Q16, AMD registered a 23% increase in sales while Sharp logged a 13% decline in its 2Q16/1Q16 revenue.

Intel increased its control at the top of the ranking in the 1H16 increasing its lead in percentage terms over Samsung from 20% in 2015 to 33% in1H16.

IC Insights includes Apple in the ranking even though it only designs processors for use in its own system products. IC Insights estimates that Apple’s custom ARM-based SoC processors had a sales value of $2.9 billion in 1H16, which placed them in the 14th position in the top-20 ranking and moved the up three positions compared with 2015.

MediaTek’s application processor shipments to fast-growing China-based smartphone suppliers such as Oppo and Vivo, helped drive a 32% sales increase in 2Q16 over 1Q16. Overall, IC Insights expects MediaTek to register about $8.8 billion in sales in 2016, which would represent a 31% surge over the $6.7 billion in sales the company had last year.