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Chip sales reveal Samsung tailing closely behind Intel

Posted: 23 Nov 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Samsung? IC Insights? PC market? smartphone? Intel?

According to a list of chip companies ranked by forecast chip revenues from IC Insights, Samsung is predicted to make remarkable headway into Intel's lead as the world's largest chip manufacturer in 2015. Intel continues to suffer from its dependence on the weak PC market and its inability to break into the mobile phone market and will see its semiconductor sales shrink by two per cent in 2015 to just above $50 billion while Samsung will grow chip revenue by 10 per cent to lie only $6 billion behind, noted the market research firm.

Notable losers in the ranking include Micron Technology and Qualcomm, Renesas and Toshiba. In the case of the two Japanese companies their sales declines, of 22 per cent and 12 per cent, were made worse by the weakness of the yen against the dollar.

The US dollar has strengthened against almost all other currencies used for electronics in 2015 and this currency deflation has presented in the form of lower average selling prices (ASPs), which are forecast to register a three per cent decline. It is also one of the reasons IC Insights recently reduced its forecast for the global semiconductor market from a one per cent growth to a one per cent drop.

Chip companies ranked by forecast revenues

IC Insights reported that Intel will see its semiconductor sales shrink by two per cent in 2015 to just above $50 billion while Samsung will grow chip revenue by 10 per cent to lie only $6 billion behind.

Companies that are set to prosper, partly due to acquisitions, include Infineon, up 16 per cent after its acquisition of International Rectifier at the beginning of the year and Globalfoundries, a foundry, which jumps three places and increases sales by 15 per cent partly due to its acquisition of IBM semiconductor sales in 2H15.

IC Insights includes foundries in the top-20 semiconductor supplier ranking since despite the fact that in some cases the semiconductor sales are double counted.

- Peter Clarke
??EE Times





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