IC Insights made this prediction back in May 2017 (see Samsung set to take Intel's chip crown ) as Samsung took the lead in 2Q17 sales.
Intel is now expected to trail Samsung in the full-year 2017 semiconductor sales ranking by $4.6 billion. Samsung's big increase in sales this year has been primarily driven by a rise in DRAM and NAND flash average selling prices, IC Insights said.
Top ten semiconductor vendors ranked by sales (excluding foundries). Source: IC Insights.
In 1993, Intel was the number 1 ranked supplier with a 9.2 percent share of the worldwide semiconductor market. In 2006, Intel still held the number 1 ranking with an 11.8 percent market share. In 2017, Intel's sales are expected to represent 13.9 percent of the total semiconductor market but the gradually increasing share has been eclipsed by that of Samsung. Samsung's global semiconductor marketshare was 3.8 percent in 1993, 7.3 percent in 2006, 12.1 percent in 2016, and forecast to be 15.0 percent in 2017.
Memory giants SK Hynix and Micron are expected to make the biggest moves in the top-10 ranking in 2017 as compared to the 2016 ranking. Spurred by the surge in the DRAM and NAND flash markets, each company is forecast to move up two spots in the top-10 ranking with SK Hynix occupying the third position and Micron moving up to fourth.
Nvidia is expected to break into the top-10 ranking in 2017 after achieving a 44 percent increase in sales this year. Nvidia is expected to replace fabless supplier MediaTek, whose 2017/2016 sales are expected to be down by 11 percent to $7.9 billion.
If Qualcomm and NXP's sales were combined – Qualcomm is attempting to acquire NXP while it is being pursued by Broadcom – the entity would be a third-placed chip giant with annual sales of $26.3 billion.
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