Intel spent $13.1 billion in 2017 and accounted for 36 percent of the top ten group's R&D expenditures of $35.9 billion, up from $34.0 billion in 2017. It also represented 21.2 percent of revenues and about 22 percent of total worldwide semiconductor R&D expenditures of $58.9 billion in 2017,
Top ten chip companies ranked by semiconductor R&D. Source: IC Insights.
A total of 18 semiconductor suppliers allocated more than more than $1.0 billion for R&D spending 2017. The eight manufacturers outside the top ten were NXP, Texas Instruments STMicroelectronics, AMD, Renesas, Sony, Analog Devices, and GlobalFoundries.
Intel's R&D spend increased by 3 percent in 2017, below its long-run CAGR of 8 percent. Intel's R&D spend was 9.3 percent of sales in 1995, 16.0 percent of sales in 2000 and 16.4 percent in 2010. It stood at 24.0 percent in 2015.
Semiconductor-related R&D spending at second-ranked Qualcomm was down 4 percent in 2017, after a 7 percent drop in 2016. Meanwhile third place Broadcom and fourth placed Samsung, increased R&D spending by 4 and 19 percent, respectively.
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