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Intel Outgrows Samsung in Sluggish Semiconductor Market

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There are not many highlights in the 2011 semiconductor sales ranking; only four of the 20 largest chip companies were able to post double-digit growth rates.

Intel which has held the top spot in the IHS/iSuppli ranking for as long I can remember, had to watch Samsung eat away market share over the past recent years. However, Intel is posting a big comeback in 2011 as the manufacturer added 23 percent to its $40.4 billion 2010 chip revenue and is expected to land at $49.7 billion this year. The gain of $9.3 billion is about two and half times the chip 2011 revenue of Nvidia.

Samsung increased its revenue by just 3.0 percent to $29.2 billion. Other big gainers in the 2011 ranking are Qualcomm in sixth place (+39.9 percent to $10.1 billion), Nvidia in 20th (+14.9 percent to $3.7 billion) and ON Semiconductor in 19th place (+49.4 percent to $3.4 billion). The average revenue increase among the Top 20 in 2011 was 3.5 percent, while ten of them suffered revenue losses. Among the losers are Elpida (-40.2 percent), Panasonic (-32.0 percent) and Micron (-17.3 percent).

"In a challenging year for the semiconductor market, Intel achieved success on all fronts, expanding its core microprocessor and memory businesses, while also capitalizing on a major acquisition," said Dale Ford, analyst at IHS. "This allowed the company to outgrow the market and expand its lead over its closest competitors, defying the impact of weak economic conditions and catastrophic natural disasters in Japan and Thailand."

According to IHS, Intel benefited from the acquisition of Infineon's wireless solutions business, which increased the firm's chip business. Samsung, on the other hand, is the world's leading DRAM manufacturer and is sailing through a cruel 27 percent forecasted DRAM market decline.

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    synd , December 2, 2011 11:03 AM
    jdwiiTroll?

    Sarcasm son
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    rantoc , December 2, 2011 9:43 AM
    Yupp PC is dying thats why intel does so poorly... LMAO!
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    rantoc , December 2, 2011 9:43 AM
    Yupp PC is dying thats why intel does so poorly... LMAO!
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    de5_Roy , December 2, 2011 9:43 AM
    intel will gain back even more share as the tablet fad dies down. samsung and others need to put more chips like tegra 3, project denver, their new exynos out.
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    jdwii , December 2, 2011 9:44 AM
    Quote:
    Yupp PC is dying thats why intel does so poorly... LMAO!


    Troll?
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    synd , December 2, 2011 11:03 AM
    jdwiiTroll?

    Sarcasm son
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    rantoc , December 2, 2011 12:17 PM
    rantocYupp PC is dying thats why intel does so poorly... LMAO!

    syndSarcasm son


    Indeed it was intended to be sarcasm. Intel's added revenue was insane in pure $ (as well as %)
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    slabbo , December 2, 2011 2:30 PM
    kinda hard not to do well, when you pretty much have a monopoly on desktop and notebook, or anything with x86 chips.
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    Anonymous , December 2, 2011 2:54 PM
    Wait until they put out Silvermont ATOMS in 2013. They will be in the phone and tablet market heavy with that chip. Full SOC that they will no doubt put in all kinds of devices (cars, consumer electronics, etc.). Expect a full computer onslaught from Intel this decade. Intel Everywhere instead of Intel Inside will be their campaign.
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    shreeharsha , December 2, 2011 3:39 PM
    Wait till 2013
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    nhat11 , December 2, 2011 3:59 PM
    RantocYupp PC is dying thats why intel does so poorly... LMAO!

    Eh thats more towards PC gaming not just PC.
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    JonnyDough , December 2, 2011 4:47 PM
    jdwiiTroll?


    Its in response to a quote, and to an ignorant rumor that has been floating around the netmill for awhile.
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    Niva , December 2, 2011 4:59 PM
    SLABBOkinda hard not to do well, when you pretty much have a monopoly on desktop and notebook, or anything with x86 chips.


    How is Intel a monopoly? They have competition in all sectors. Is it their fault competition is not competitive? Intel's winning due to their excellent work and quality. If anything competition with Arm which is just starting might prompt them to go into an even bigger overdrive.

    Sad for AMD, tough for Arm, good in the end for us consumers. At the end of the day you as a purchasing customer (or any firm) can pick and choose, based on the price/performance what's good for you. Intel's solutions are very good choices at this point in time.
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    Anonymous , December 2, 2011 8:37 PM
    lol exynos just garbages ...
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    eddieroolz , December 3, 2011 7:43 AM
    But in other words, growth is still happening, just slowly. Better than no growth at all.