European companies held only 2% of the fabless IC company marketshare in 2017 as compared to 4% in 2010 but up from 1 percent in 2016. Europe's loss of share has been due to the acquisition of CSR by Qualcomm in 1Q15 and Lantiq by Intel in 2Q15. Dialog Semiconductor is the largest European fabless chip company with sales of $1.4 billion in 2017. Nordic Semiconductor is also in the global top 50 with annual sales of $236 million.
Taiwan captured 16 percent share of total fabless company IC sales in 2017, down from 18 percent in 2016 and about the same percentage that it held in 2010. MediaTek, Novatek, and Realtek each had more than $1.0 billion in IC sales last year and each was ranked among the top-20 largest fabless IC companies.
The fabless IC business model is not so prominent in Japan or in South Korea. Megachips, which saw its 2017 sales jump by 40% to $640 million, was the largest Japan-based fabless IC supplier. The lone South Korean company among the top-50 largest fabless suppliers was Silicon Works, which had a 15% increase in sales last year to $605 million.
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