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Intel Rules Chip Market: Share Jumps to a 10-Year High

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Intel once again topped the chip maker ranking of 2011.

On top of with the strongest growth of any of the top 23 semiconductor companies listed by IHS, Intel held a higher share of the industry than it has in the past ten years. Revenue of $48.7 billion for the year was up 20.6 percent over 2010 and gave the company a 15.6 percent market share. Samsung gained slightly too from $28.3 billion to $28.6 billion and 9.2 percent share, followed by TI, which surpassed Toshiba and climbed from $13.0 billion to $14.0 billion for 4.5 percent market share.

Among the winners of the year are Qualcomm, which jumped from ninth position to sixth with a gain from $7.2 billion to $10.2 billion and 3.3 percent share; ON Semiconductor with a jump from position 26 to 18 and a share of 1.1 percent as well as Nichia, which climbed from 28 to 23 and holds 0.9 percent share. On the loser side, Elpida revenue dropped 39.7 percent, which caused the company to fall from rank 11 to 15 and Panasonic lost 31.5 percent of sales and declined from position 15 to 20. Among other notable companies, AMD climbed one spot from 12 to 11 and saw its sales rise from $6.3 to $6.4 billion. Nvidia gained three spots from 20 to 17 and increased its chip sales from $3.2 to $3.6 billion.

“Intel in 2011 captured the headlines with its major surge in growth,” said Dale Ford, head of electronics and semiconductor research for IHS. “The company’s rise was spurred by soaring demand for its PC-oriented microprocessors, and for its NAND flash memory used in consumer and wireless products. Intel’s revenue also was boosted by its acquisition of Infineon’s wireless business unit. The company’s strong rise helped it to stave off the rising challenge mounted by No. 2 semiconductor supplier Samsung Electronics, which had been whittling away at Intel’s lead in recent years.”

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    ksampanna , March 27, 2012 2:37 PM
    Surprising ... considering that two days ago, Apple was expected to surprass Intel as the world's top "chip maker"
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    trumpeter1994 , March 27, 2012 2:30 PM
    Good to see some market growth. I love Intel but I really think AMD needs to step there game up because the competition might help push the boundaries. Not to mention some price wars might be nice :p 
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    silverblue , March 27, 2012 3:46 PM
    ksampannaSurprising ... considering that two days ago, Apple was expected to surprass Intel as the world's top "chip maker"

    From the same author, no less.
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    trumpeter1994 , March 27, 2012 2:30 PM
    Good to see some market growth. I love Intel but I really think AMD needs to step there game up because the competition might help push the boundaries. Not to mention some price wars might be nice :p 
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    ksampanna , March 27, 2012 2:37 PM
    Surprising ... considering that two days ago, Apple was expected to surprass Intel as the world's top "chip maker"
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    mitunchidamparam , March 27, 2012 2:48 PM
    look at Qualcomm and On semiconductors, they have a big jump in market share.
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    Lord Captivus , March 27, 2012 2:50 PM
    Dispite what many are saying, I have to say that this market looks quiet good for consumers. You dont this in many industries.

    The number 1 company "only" has 15.6% of total market, thats almost perfection.
    And having 23 companies with almost 70% is amazing. Its a shame it doesnt say how many companies are "All Others", but still from my perspective this is very good maket distribution.

    Of course we dont see if companies are dependant of each other or if a company in the list owns another company also from the list.
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    shafe88 , March 27, 2012 2:52 PM
    trumpeter1994Good to see some market growth. I love Intel but I really think AMD needs to step there game up because the competition might help push the boundaries. Not to mention some price wars might be nice

    Give amd some time and they wiil. right now Amd and their bulldozer is like Intel and the pentium4.
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    spleenbegone , March 27, 2012 3:02 PM
    ksampannaSurprising ... considering that two days ago, Apple was expected to surprass Intel as the world's top "chip maker"

    Came here to post that. Looks like Apple might have some work to do.
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    trumpeter1994 , March 27, 2012 3:09 PM
    shafe88Give amd some time and they wiil. right now Amd and their bulldozer is like Intel and the pentium4.

    Even as an intel guy. I still just hope they don't continue to fall generations behind, but i do think there is meaning to what they say about bulldozer being in it's infancy. I hope so because as consumers we need the competition.
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    jdamon113 , March 27, 2012 3:38 PM
    qualcomm and AMD, its comming
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    silverblue , March 27, 2012 3:46 PM
    ksampannaSurprising ... considering that two days ago, Apple was expected to surprass Intel as the world's top "chip maker"

    From the same author, no less.
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    Anonymous , March 27, 2012 4:45 PM
    Yeah, LOL, I was just about to post the Apple comment. It was simply one of the most ridiculous things I had ever heard. This just confirms it!
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    memadmax , March 27, 2012 4:47 PM
    Puttin' the smackdown on AMD, one chip at a time.

    =D
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    theuniquegamer , March 27, 2012 5:18 PM
    Amd can't compete intel with high end and performance cpu . Thats one of reason for this kind of monopoly in cpu market. But intel also makes some damn good cpus at very good price points.
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    greenmachineiijh , March 27, 2012 5:31 PM
    What a bunch of bologna... Why is Apple not on this list at all? *SARCASM* I remember an article that said Apple was to surpass Intel in mobile chip manufacturing.


    Samsung, Qualcomm, etc. are on here for their mobile chips. Oh, ya. That's right. BECAUSE APPLE DOES NOT MANUFACTURE CHIPS!!!
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    kooldj , March 27, 2012 5:33 PM
    consider ivy bridge ur last cake. coz intel iz gna charge us hands n mouth when amd gets completely ripped
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    ph1sh55 , March 27, 2012 5:44 PM
    kooldj- not likely when there is a consistent cost pressure from ARM chips. Downward cost pressure will only increase
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    gm0n3y , March 27, 2012 7:08 PM
    At least AMD beat the average market growth. I'm actually surprised by that.
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    trumpeter1994 , March 27, 2012 7:32 PM
    gm0n3yAt least AMD beat the average market growth. I'm actually surprised by that.

    The ATI division of AMD is probably helping to contribute to that
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    madooo12 , March 27, 2012 8:05 PM
    Lord CaptivusDispite what many are saying, I have to say that this market looks quiet good for consumers. You dont this in many industries.The number 1 company "only" has 15.6% of total market, thats almost perfection.And having 23 companies with almost 70% is amazing. Its a shame it doesnt say how many companies are "All Others", but still from my perspective this is very good maket distribution.Of course we dont see if companies are dependant of each other or if a company in the list owns another company also from the list.

    that's the whole semiconductor market, people are ususally talking about the x86 CPU or GPU market

    even the whole CPU market isn't really looking good, controlled only by x86 and ARM
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    lordstormdragon , March 28, 2012 4:14 AM
    If you look carefully, the data here reflects only revenue, not chips sold. And of course Intel with the highest profit margin and most inflated prices would be on top. It would be interesting to see the per-chip data or per-sku data, however - not that Intel didn't sell a ton of chips, obviously! But just because there's always more to the story when statistics are involved. Always.
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    billj214 , March 28, 2012 6:27 AM
    lordstormdragonIf you look carefully, the data here reflects only revenue, not chips sold. And of course Intel with the highest profit margin and most inflated prices would be on top. It would be interesting to see the per-chip data or per-sku data, however - not that Intel didn't sell a ton of chips, obviously! But just because there's always more to the story when statistics are involved. Always.


    Good point but the total amount of chips can also be confusing, Intel makes CPU's, the most complicated and expensive of all chips produced, which compared to Samsung who produces a wide range of chips, most of which are not CPU's and use less die space can be cheaper but large volumes.
    I think revenue is the key here and since Intel does not rely on other manufacturers to produce chips, they can increase profits.
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