Samsung Becomes World's Number One Chipmaker, Pushes Intel To No 2

| January 31 , 2018 , 18:20 IST

Samsung Electronics has beaten longtime numero uno Intel Corporation as the world's largest chipmaker by income, a place that Intel has held since 1992. On Tuesday, Samsung published 2017 chip sales of $69 billion, leaving behind Intel's $63 billion from a year ago.

The sales show how Samsung has evolved itself from an ordinary Television manufacturer to a mega-provider of key components in the smartphone and other modern computing devices. It's an illustration of the expansion in the use of memory chips, Samsung's main market.


Intel, whose processors are the core of around 90 percent of the world's PCs didn't have a terrible year either; its transactions grew above 6 percent last year.

Success in the PC segment is not sufficient anymore. Memory chips, a market Intel just got back into, is presently the most important part of the smartphone segment, which effortlessly surpasses PCs. Memory chips are furthermore finding their way into a range of new gadgets like cars infotainment systems.

Samsung's achievement in memory chips is a business that Intel entered in the 1960s. The U.S. organization left the market following tough competition from rival Japanese companies in the mid-1990s.

One of Intel's greatest growth regions a year ago was memory chips, yet it has a long way to go to match up with Samsung.

The South Korean company got its kickstart in memory chips by authorizing licensing technology from Intel’s Japanese opponents. 
Samsung is moving in on Intel's common turf now, making higher-evaluated parts. Its industrial departments now produce processors that run cell phones and it's the agreement maker for Qualcomm Inc., which is taking a run at Intel in PC and server processors.