Intel Remains the Largest Chip Manufacturer

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Worldwide sales of semiconductors grew by ten percent last year. Intel and Samsung remain the biggest, but the growth is mainly at Nvidia, MediaTek and Qualcomm.


Globally, the market was worth $ 466.2 billion in 2020, 10.4 percent more than in 2019. Intel is the largest player in the market with about $ 72.7 billion in revenue (15.6 percent market share), followed by Samsung Electronics, which serves 12.4 percent of the market with $ 57.7 billion.

The figures for semiconductors include all kinds of chips. Classic CPUs and GPUs (in PCs, tablets, servers, telephones or other devices), as well as memory chips or 5G chips. Intel is powerful with CPUs for PCs and servers, according to analyst firm Gartner.

But the numbers do show that despite its position, Intel is growing slower than the market. In general, it is striking that those figures vary greatly per player. At Broadcom and Texas Instruments, the growth is only 2-3 percent, which is little compared to the market.

On the other hand, Qualcomm (+29 percent), Nvidia (45.2 percent), Kioxia (+32.5 percent), and MediaTek (38.1 percent) are each growing at 30 percent or more.

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