Samsung overtook Intel as a top chip seller in 2021 thanks to cars and smartphones

Gartner reports that global semiconductor revenues reached $ 595 billion in 2021, an increase of 26.3% over the previous year.

Samsung Electronics’ chip business increased 28% year-on-year, and Intel decreased 0.3% year-on-year.

Currently, Samsung is at the top of the list with $ 73.2 billion in revenue and 12.3% market share, and Intel has $ 72.5 billion in revenue and a 12.2% share.

Among the top ten, Advanced Micro Devices Inc. and MediaTek Inc. recorded the strongest growth in 2021. AMD increased 68.6% year-on-year and Mediatek increased 60.2% year-on-year.

The semiconductor chip crisis continues to plague OEMs, offset by rising 5G smartphones, strong demand, and rising logistics / raw material prices that have pushed up the average selling price (ASP) of semiconductors.

In 2021, there was a recovery in strong demand for the automotive and industrial markets compared to the weak, turbulent markets of COVID in 2020.

The automotive market outperformed all other final markets and grew 34.9% year-on-year in 2021.
Wireless communication, where smartphones are the mainstream, increased by 24.6% year-on-year.

Driven by DRAM, memory accounted for 27.9% of semiconductor sales in 2021 and recorded revenue growth of 33.2% year-on-year.

Anusya Rahiri

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