Samsung could displace Intel as the world’s biggest chip company in 2017

Samsung logoIntel has been the world's biggest chipmaker by revenue since January of 1993, when sales of its 386 and 486 processors helped it surpass Japanese companies like NEC and Toshiba. The release of the first Pentium CPU later that year and the proliferation of Windows 95 and 98-powered PCs over the next decade helped keep Intel on top. The company continues to grow today—revenue from chips for PCs, servers, and Internet of Things devices is all still increasing year-over-year. But a new report by IC Insights suggests that Intel might not be at the top of the heap anymore.

That's because demand for DRAM and NAND flash memory are both growing at double-digit rates, and Samsung in particular is raking in revenue. Assuming that both companies perform as expected in the second quarter of 2017, Samsung's semiconductor business could pull in $14.6 billion in revenue for the quarter, compared to $14.4 billion for Intel. Even if Samsung can't pass Intel in the second quarter, it seems likely to happen soon, given that Samsung's chip business is one of the brightest spots on its balance sheet—in Q1, revenue was up over 40 percent year-over-year.

Samsung could displace Intel as the world’s biggest chip company in 2017

Samsung's positioning is strengthening not just because of increased demand for RAM and flash memory, but because an ongoing NAND shortage is keeping prices high. Analysts blame a rocky transition from 2D to 3D NAND, increased demand from Chinese smartphone manufacturers, and the increasing popularity of SSDs as factors in the shortage.

On top of the RAM business, Samsung also says it's seeing solid demand for 14nm SoCs, image sensors, and other smartphone chips. The company expects its new 10nm process to keep the business growing. Samsung manufactures its own Exynos SoCs as well as some of Qualcomm's Snapdragon chips and some of the A-series chips Apple uses across its iPhone, iPad, iPod, and Apple TV lineups.

Source: Ars Technica

Tags: Samsung

Comments
Add comment

Your name:
Sign in with:
or
Your comment:


Enter code:

E-mail (not required)
E-mail will not be disclosed to the third party


Last news

 
For now would-be Apple Watch owners have to choose between either the original Apple Watch or the Series 3
 
Samsung has recently developed a Z-NAND chip and a controller optimized for this chip
 
Apple was the first to announce that its new iPhones would be able to record 4K UHD video
 
Build 15250 finally brings new features to Windows 10 Mobile
 
The new Face ID on the Apple iPhone X only supports one face
 
Microsoft is giving users direct access to the Privacy Statement within the setup process
 
Samsung is also working on researching voice recognition data technology based on cloud service
 
The Apple Watch Series 3 adds LTE but at a cost to older iPhone owners
The Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) Review
The evolution of the successful smartphone, now with a waterproof body and USB Type-C
February 7, 2017 /
Samsung Galaxy TabPro S - a tablet with the Windows-keyboard
The first Windows-tablet with the 12-inch display Super AMOLED
June 7, 2016 /
Keyboards for iOS
Ten iOS keyboards review
July 18, 2015 /
Samsung E1200 Mobile Phone Review
A cheap phone with a good screen
March 8, 2015 / 4
Creative Sound Blaster Z sound card review
Good sound for those who are not satisfied with the onboard solution
September 25, 2014 / 2
Samsung Galaxy Gear: Smartwatch at High Price
The first smartwatch from Samsung - almost a smartphone with a small body
December 19, 2013 /
 
 

News Archive

 
 
SuMoTuWeThFrSa
     12
3456789
10111213141516
17181920212223
24252627282930




Poll

Do you use microSD card with your phone?
or leave your own version in comments (4)