In the latest Top 10 semiconductor sales rankings for 2020 by Gartner, Intel is still dominating the semiconductor industry even though it is having a tough time selling its processors in the market. The top 5 players in the list remain quite the same as last year, Intel in the lead, followed by Samsung, SK Hynix, TSMC and Micron.
Samsung has every right to be in second place as it has expanded in every sector it could be and is again reviving the potential of overtaking Intel, which it did a few years back. The South Korean giant has seen a major boost in revenue, thanks to the demand for electronic devices in the pandemic.
SK Hynix and Micron have seen good growth in their own segment i.e. DRAM and NAND flash memory, respectively. The pandemic has forced everyone to work from home and boosting the need for notebooks which in turn has boosted the growth of microprocessors, DRAM, and NAND flash memory.
Qualcomm also had an amazing 2020 with a variety of 5G based chips and making some pretty big numbers in terms of revenue. This is the reason why it has managed the 5th place from 6th last year, pushing Broadcom to 6th place.
Whereas Texas Instruments retain its 7th position, MediaTek has also seen a major jump in revenue after defeating Qualcomm to be the biggest smartphone chip vendor. This is the reason why it has jump from 13th to 8th position in just a year, on the other hand, Kioxia is also up by 5 ranks from 14th place last year.
In the 10th place, we have NVIDIA, who has also seen a huge jump in revenue with strong demands for its GPUs in data centres, cloud gaming as well its own gaming GPUs. Overall, we see the major players in the semiconductor industry have taken the stride to be in the top 10, it will be interesting to see if these companies could keep their momentum in 2021.