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Intel, Samsung top chip vendor ranking in 2014

Posted: 10 Apr 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Gartner Inc. came out with a revised ranking for the top 10 chip vendors in 2014 based on companies' final financial results.

There is one change of position to a preliminary ranking produced in January 2015 and other changes of company sales and annual growth figures and market shares.

Gartner re-assessed its opinion of Toshiba's annual chip sales for 2014 to $10.655 billion down from $11.589 billion given in January (see Chip market grew 7.9 per cent in 2014, said Gartner). As a result, Gartner has changed the ranking putting Texas Instruments at sixth position and above Toshiba ranked seventh.

The total chip market value in 2014 was up slightly from the $339.8 billion assessment given by the market research firm to $340.3 billion in its latest report. However, the additional half-a-billion dollars was not enough to change the growth figure of 7.9 per cent. In its final figures, Gartner has marked Intel and Samsung's chip sales for 2014 slightly higher than previously and Qualcomm's and Toshiba's slightly lower.

Top 10 chip vendors

Top 10 semiconductor vendors by revenue, worldwide, 2014 (Millions of Dollars). (Source: Gartner Inc.)

The top 25 semiconductor vendors' combined revenue increased 11.7 per cent, which was more than the overall industry's growth and accounted for 72.4 per cent of total market revenue, up from 69.9 per cent in 2013.

"2014 saw all device categories post positive growth, unlike in 2013, when application-specific integrated circuits (ASIC), discretes and microcomponents all declined. The memory market was the best performer for the second year in a row, growing 16.6 per cent, meaning the rest of the market only achieved 4.9 per cent growth," said Andrew Norwood, research vice president at Gartner, in a statement. "As a group, DRAM vendors performed best, lifted by the booming DRAM market, which saw revenue increase 32 per cent to $46.1 billion, surpassing the all-time high of $41.8 billion set in 1995."

Intel saw a return to growth after two years of revenue decline, as PC production recovered, with sales up 7.7 per cent. The company retained the No. 1 market share position for the 23rd consecutive year by capturing 15.4 per cent of the market, which was down slightly on the previous year.

- Peter Clarke
??EE Times Europe

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