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Chip industry: Intel undisputed at the top of sales, AMD in 15th place

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Intel is expected to hold first place among the top-selling semiconductor companies this year. Market researcher IC Insights estimates that the chip maker will earn 73.89 billion US dollars by the end of the year. With a sales increase of 4 percent compared to the previous year, Intel would grow at a below-average rate.

The 15 top-selling semiconductor companies come according to IC Insights to an increase of 13 percent. The biggest winners are Nvidia (+ 50%), AMD (+ 41%), MediaTek and Qualcomm (+ 35% each) and TSMC (+ 31%). In the case of TSMC, the market observer evaluates the silicon chips made to order. All of the above companies except Intel have at least some of their products manufactured by TSMC.

Nvidia earns most of its money with GeForce graphics cards and server accelerators – IC Insights apparently does not include the sales of the recently acquired network specialist Mellanox. AMD sells processors (Epyc, Ryzen, Athlon), graphics cards (Radeon) and server accelerators like the Instinct MI100. With the 41 percent increase, AMD only slipped from 18th place into the top 15. MediaTek and Qualcomm design systems-on-chips (SoCs) primarily for smartphones and tablets.

None of these companies are still producing the chips themselves. Only Intel is sticking to its own production, but due to years of delays, it will partially switch to TSMC in the future.

Top 15 semiconductor companies with the highest sales according to IC Insights

Rang

Companies

Sales 2020 [Milliarden US-Dollar]

Change vs. 2019

1

Intel

73,89

4%

2

Samsung

60,48

9%

3

TSMC

45,42

31%

4

SK Hynix

26,47

14%

5

Micron

21,66

-3%

6

Qualcomm

19,37

35%

7

Broadcom

17,07

-1%

8

Nvidia

15,88

50%

9

TI

13,09

-4%

10

Infineon

11,07

-1%

11

MediaTek

10,78

35%

12

Kioxia

10,72

22%

13

Apple

10,04

25%

14

ST

9,95

4%

15

AMD

9,52

41%

total

314,82

13%

In the meantime, nothing has changed in the top 5 positions. Samsung remains in second place with sales of 60.48 billion US dollars (+ 9%), including income from its own mobile processors, the memory division and through contract manufacturing, such as the Ampere GPUs for Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3000 graphics cards. The two memory manufacturers SK Hynix and Micron are in 4th and 5th place.