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Samsung to overthrow Intel as the global semiconductor leader first time in 25 years

Dec 26, 2017, 9:40 am

It is expected that Samsung’s revenues of the second quarter of 2017 have surpassed the same of Intel. This is quite suggestive towards the fact that the former may win the global semiconductor leader throne for this year. If that is to happen then it will further mark the end of the 25-year old reign of Intel in the concerned industry.

In the second and third quarters of 2017, Samsung’s revenues consistently pumped up as high as deliberately knocking Intel off its perch. The research institutions are believing that Samsung is well on course to be the largest semiconductor player in the world.

As for the 25-year tenure of Intel, it had 15.9% of market share in the industry last year which kept it ahead of Samsung by 11.8% and Qualcomm by 4.5%. Samsung turned this around for itself in this year and looks good enough to keep on being the leader for quite some time if things are in places.

As per the market research firm IC Insights, Samsung’s surge in the revenue is majorly credited to the average selling price of DRAM and NAND flash memory chips. If the South Korean company can keep on playing its cards well enough crossing Intel within this year is going to be a walk in the park, not considering the foundries in the mix.

Qualcomm, on the other hand, can manage a third place, while it is on the way to be merged with Broadcom. In the context, Nvidia may get an entry among the top 10 global semiconductor sales leaders this year for the first time.

Thanks to IC Insights for providing the top 10 list of the years 1993, 2000, 2006, 2016, and a forecast of 2017.

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