A change of power is on: Samsung could replace Intel in this quarter as the largest chip maker. Intel has been at the top since 1993.
For almost 25 years, Intel has been the No. 1 largest chip maker. No other manufacturer was able to record higher sales during this period. At that time NEC and Toshiba were the biggest competitors – soon Samsung could be the crown.
Forecast looks Samsung before Intel
The IC semiconductor market researcher IC Insights see Samsung for the second quarter 2017 for the first time before Intel. The South Koreans could soon overtake Intel’s worldwide sales. Bill McClean, President of IC Insights, said: “If Samsung’s prices remain stable or continue to rise, Samsung could take first place in Intel.”
For the second quarter of 2017, IC Insights expects revenue of $ 14.4 billion, while Samsung expects a new record at $ 14.6 billion. Compared with the same quarter last year, this means a 4.1 percent increase in the sales of chips. Intel has continued its strengths in the desktop area, while Samsung can score especially in the mobile communications sector.
High demand for DRAM and NAND memories
The background to the potential change in power is a strong demand for DRAM and NAND flash memory for mobile devices. Samsung has recorded four, especially in China, a clear growth in sales. In the Middle Kingdom, more and more high-end smartphones are being sold – the prices are rising and Samsung deserves to be with every device.
DRAM and NAND flash memory are coveted as never before, which sometimes even led to bottlenecks in availability. This is accompanied by a price increase, from which Samsung profits. A price increase of 39 percent is expected for DRAM storage this year. Prices for NAND stores are also expected to grow by 25 percent in 2017.
Apple and Qualcomm: Samsung is everywhere
Samsung not only produces its own SoCs like the Exynos but also manufactures some of the Snapdragon processors for Qualcomm. In addition, Samsung chips are found in the iPhone, iPad and the Apple Watch.