Intel remains the largest chip maker in the world, but AMD is gaining positions

Intel remains the largest chip maker in the world, but AMD is gaining positions

Intel remains the largest chip maker in the world

Although its revenue declined in the first quarter, according to IC Insights Intel still remains the world's largest chip supplier by revenue, outpacing competitors such as Samsung and TSMC. We also note that AMD has significantly increased its sales during the first months of this year and is now one of the top 15 semiconductor companies in the world.

The demand for personal computers and chips has grown significantly , so it's no surprise that the sales of the top 15 semiconductor companies increased by 21% year-on-year. Intel leads the market with $ 18.676 billion, but its semiconductor sales were 4% lower than in the first quarter of last year. Samsung took second place with 16.152 billion, while TSMC occupies the bottom step of the podium with 12.911 billion. Samsung, which is the world's largest supplier of 3D NAND and DRAM memory, has been challenging Intel for chip market supremacy for years. Sometimes, Samsung can dethrone Intel when memory prices are on the rise, but that wasn't the case in the first quarter of 2021.

Credit: IC Insights AMD and MediaTek are the two newcomers in the top 15 of semiconductor companies. AMD significantly increased shipments of its high-performance server and desktop CPUs, so its first quarter revenue was $ 3.445 billion, up 93% year-over-year. In the first quarter of 2021, AMD ranked 11th among the largest semiconductor companies in the world, while MediaTek's sales reached $ 3.849 billion, an increase of 90% year-over-year. AMD and MediaTek replaced Huawei's HiSilicon and Sony's chip division in the Top 15.

The list of the top 15 leaders in semiconductor sales includes manufacturers of CPUs, GPUs and SoCs, memory, specialty chips, telecommunications giants and contract semiconductor suppliers. The list includes eight companies based in the United States, two from South Korea, Taiwan and Europe and one from Japan.

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Intel still the world's top semiconductor company, AMD climbs to 11th place

In brief: Despite increased competition from the likes of AMD and Apple, Intel remains the world’s number one semiconductor company in terms of revenue. Chipzilla was the only name in the top 15 that saw a year-over-year decline (-4%), but its $18.676 billion sales figure was still over two billion dollars more than what second-place Samsung managed.

IC Insights’ report on the semiconductor industry’s first-quarter of 2021 shows that the top 15 firms' sales were up 21% year-on-year; were it not for Intel’s decline, that figure would have been 29%. The thirteen companies sitting behind team blue all saw double-digit YoY increases, whereas Intel dropped from $19.5 billion in Q1 2020 to $18.676 billion in Q1 2021. The unprecedented demand for electronic consumer goods is reflected in the market’s yearly rise.

Lying in second place is Samsung. The Korean giant saw its sales rise 15% to $16.152 billion, while TSMC took the third position with a 25% jump to $12.911 billion.

The company with the largest yearly increase, and a new entry in the top 15, is AMD. Its $3.445 billion in sales marks a 93% YoY rise, securing Lisa Su’s firm the 11th position—seven places higher than its Q1 2020 ranking. AMD has been challenging Intel since the launch of its first Ryzen CPUs, though Su warned there’s still more work to do. The CEO recently said the company would be prioritizing its high-end processors over budget offerings in light of the chip shortage.

IC Insights notes that the list includes eight suppliers headquartered in the U.S., two each in South Korea, Taiwan, and Europe, and one in Japan. There are six fabless companies—Qualcomm, Broadcom, Nvidia, MediaTek, AMD, and Apple—while TSMC is the sole pure-play foundry.