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IC Insights: Samsung leading the semiconductor market in 2018, Intel left behind

Samsung is strengthening its spot as the top semiconductor supplier for the whole of 2018, bolstered by the strong sales of its memory chips.

According to IC Insights, a semiconductor market research company. Samsung is widening its lead in the international memory chip market in 2018 and out spacing US Chip manufacturer Intel.

Samsung is expected to post combined sales of $83.2 billion this year, up 26 percent from a year earlier, IC Insight said, while suggesting an on-year 14 percent rise for Intel at $70.1 billion.

The gap between Samsung and Intel this year, around $13 billion, making a speedy rise from $4 billion posted in 2017.


“Intel was the number one ranked semiconductor supplier in 1Q17 but lost its lead spot to Samsung in 2Q17. It also fell from the top spot in the full-year 2017 ranking, a position it had held since 1993.” said the researcher

“With the strong surge in the DRAM and NAND flash markets over the past year, Samsung is forecast to go from having 7% more total semiconductor sales than Intel in 2017 to having 19% more semiconductor sales than Intel in 2018” It added.

The researcher also said that Samsung has become more depended on the memory chip as the company is ready to post new annual earnings, up 3% from a year earlier.

“Moreover, the company’s non-memory sales in 2018 are expected to be only $13.3 billion, up only 6% from 2017’s non-memory sales level of $12.5 billion. In contrast, Samsung’s memory sales are forecast to be up 31% this year and reach $70.0 billion.”

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