As a result of the re-assessment worldwide semiconductor revenue totaled $466.2 billion in 2020, an increase of 10.4 percent from 2019 and Nivida has moved from being ranked 16th semiconductor company in 2019 to 9th in 2020.
Previously Gartner had estimated a 7.3 percent annual increase and ranked Nvidia at 10th just behind Kioxia. Back in April 2020 Gartner said the chip market would fall by 0.9 percent wiping out a previous forecast of 12.5 growth for the market (see Covid-19 will wipe out chip market growth in 2020, says Gartner ).
Now Gartner states that memory, GPUs and 5G chipsets led semiconductor growth, driven by hyperscale, PC, ultramobile and 5G handset end-market demand, while automotive and industrial electronics suffered due to lower spending or a pause in spending owing to Covid-19.
Top 10 semiconductor vendors by worldwide revenue in 2020 (Millions of U.S. Dollars). Source: Gartner.
Intel’s semiconductor revenue grew 7.4 percent, driven by growth of its core client and server CPU businesses allowing it to retain the number one position, followed by Samsung Electronics, SK Hynix and Micron. Nvidia's 45.2 percent revenue growth was primarily driven by the company’s gaming-related and data center businesses. MediaTek’s revenue grew 38.1 percent in 2020 driven by the disruption to Huawei’s business throughout the year.
Memory accounted for 26.7 percent of semiconductor sales in 2020. Within memory, NAND flash experienced the best performance with revenue growth of 25.2 percent due to a shortage in 1H20. “In 2021 both NAND flash and DRAM will be in shortage, sending pricing higher though the year and revenues rocketing by around 25 percent," said Andrew Norwood, research vice president at Gartner, in a statement.
Samsung is therefore predicted to re-take the top chip vendor position in 2021.
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