Top 10 global IC design companies in 2022

Top 10 global IC design companies

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1. Qualcomm


Established time1985
HeadquartersSan Diego, California, U.S‎

Qualcomm is an American multinational corporation headquartered in San Diego, California, and incorporated in Delaware. It creates semiconductors, software, and services related to wireless technology. It owns patents critical to the 5G, 4G, CDMA2000, TD-SCDMA and WCDMA mobile communications standards.

Over the years, Qualcomm has expanded into selling semiconductor products in a predominantly fabless manufacturing model. It also developed semiconductor components or software for vehicles, watches, laptops, wi-fi, smartphones, and other devices.



Established timeApril 5, 1993
HeadquartersSanta Clara, California, U.S‎

Nvidia Corporation is an American multinational technology company. It is a software and fabless company which designs graphics processing units (GPUs), application programming interface (APIs) for data science and high-performance computing as well as system on a chip units (SoCs) for the mobile computing and automotive market.

Nvidia is a global leader in artificial intelligence hardware and software.Its professional line of GPUs are used in workstations for applications in such fields as architecture, engineering and construction, media and entertainment, automotive, scientific research, and manufacturing design.

3. AMD


Established timeMay 1, 1969
HeadquartersSanta Clara, California, U.S‎

Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD) is an American multinational semiconductor company that develops computer processors and related technologies for business and consumer markets. While it initially manufactured its own processors, the company later outsourced its manufacturing, a practice known as going fabless, after GlobalFoundries was spun off in 2009.

AMD’s main products include microprocessors, motherboard chipsets, embedded processors, graphics processors, and FPGA for servers, workstations, personal computers, and embedded system applications.

4. Broadcom


Established time1961
HeadquartersSan Jose, California, U.S‎

Broadcom Inc. is a global infrastructure technology leader built on 50 years of innovation, collaboration and engineering excellence. With roots based in the rich technical heritage of AT&T/Bell Labs, Lucent and Hewlett-Packard/Agilent, Broadcom focuses on technologies that connect our world. Through the combination of industry leaders Broadcom, LSI, Broadcom Corporation, Brocade, CA Technologies and Symantec, the company has the size, scope and engineering talent to lead the industry into the future.

Main product types: optical sensors, proximity sensors, ambient brightness sensors, etc.

Main application areas: communication applications, industrial applications

5. MediaTek


Established time2009-12-07
HeadquartersShanghai, China

MediaTek is the fourth largest fabless semiconductor company in the world, with a leading position in markets such as mobile terminals, smart home applications, wireless connectivity technologies and Internet of Things products. Approximately 2 billion end products powered by MediaTek chips are launched globally each year.

Over the past 25 years, MediaTek has strived for technological innovation and led the industry in many key technology areas, from high-performance, low-power mobile devices, to automotive electronics, and various multimedia products, such as: smartphones, Chromebooks, smart TVs , wireless communication products, IoT devices, voice assistant devices (VAD).

6. Marvell


Established time1995
HeadquartersSanta Clara, California, U.S‎

Marvell Technology, Inc. is an American company, headquartered in Santa Clara, California, which develops and produces semiconductors and related technology. Founded in 1995, the company had more than 6,000 employees as of 2021, with over 10,000 patents worldwide, and an annual revenue of $4.5 billion for 2021.

7. Novatek


Established time



Taiwan, China

Company website

Novatek is a leading IC design manufacturer in Taiwan, engaged in product design, R&D and sales. The main products are a full range of flat display screen driver ICs, as well as digital audio-visual and multimedia single-chip product solutions for mobile devices and consumer electronics products.

Since its establishment in 1997, the company has devoted itself to product research and development and technological innovation. Through the expansion of business and product lines, the scale of operation has continued to grow and the performance has been outstanding. 

At the beginning of its establishment, it mainly focused on peripheral chips for computers, and then the focus turned to LCD driver ICs and system-on-a-chip and other display technologies and image processing. The top ten IC design companies in the world by revenue in 2020, and the market share in the field of display driver ICs ranks first in the world.

8. Realtek


Established time

October 21, 1987


Taiwan, China

Company website

Realtek Semiconductor Corp., was located in the Hsinchu Science-based Industrial Park — Taiwan’s “Silicon Valley”. Over three decades, these young founding engineers built Realtek into one of the world’s largest and most successful IC design houses.

Realtek’s efforts to provide the ultimate in pioneering IC technology — along with its firm commitment to creating unique and innovative designs for a broad range of high-tech applications — have won the company a worldwide reputation and made possible a favorable and consistent growth rate in the years since its establishment. We attribute this achievement to Realtek’s tradition of excellence.

9. Will Semiconductor

Will Semiconductor

Established timeMay 15, 2007
HeadquartersShanghai, China

Will Semiconductor Co., Ltd. Shanghai is a China-based company principally engaged in the research and development, design and sales of semiconductor devices. The Company’s main businesses include the research and development and design of semiconductors, as well as the distribution of semiconductor products.

Its products include surge protection, schottky barrier diode, power management integrated circuits, analog and power switches, transistors, and radiofrequency and audio integrated circuits.

10. Synaptics


Established time1986
HeadquartersSan Jose, California

Synaptics is a publicly owned San Jose, California-based developer of human interface (HMI) hardware and software, including touchpads for computer laptops; touch, display driver, and fingerprint biometrics technology for smartphones; and touch, video and far-field voice technology for smart home devices and automotives. Synaptics sells its products to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and display manufacturers.

Synaptics invented the computer touchpad, the click wheel on the classic iPod, Android phones’ touch sensors, touch and display driver integrated chips (TDDI), and fingerprint sensors.

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