Driven by surging demand and rising prices for DRAM and flash memory, Samsung, the world’s largest memory supplier, saw its total semiconductor sales grow 19% in Q2. 2021, to $ 20.3 billion, surpassing Intel and becoming the world’s largest semiconductor supplier in the second quarter of 2021. This information is given in the new report of the company IC Insights.
Samsung was previously ranked as the top semiconductor supplier for much of 2017 and 2018. The company last saw quarterly revenue surpassing $20.0 billion in 2018.
Demand for memory chips is forecast to continue to grow this quarter with Samsung’s semiconductor sales expected to grow another 10% to $22.3 billion in March 2021, continuing to expand. wide the lead gap with Intel.
Also up in the Q2 rankings are Nvidia and MediaTek. Nvidia’s 14% gain in Q2 came from continued growth in the company’s key gaming and data center segments.
MediaTek’s sales grew 17% in the second quarter of 2021, continuing an impressive sales momentum driven by strong demand for 5G smartphones and consumer multimedia systems that surged for the first time in the global market. COVID-19 virus outbreak in 2020. Memory suppliers SK Hynix and Micron also posted strong quarterly sales increases of 21% and 16%, respectively, although their positions in the top 10 remained. constant.
Meanwhile, sales at Intel, TSMC, and Qualcomm grew by a negligible 3% in the second quarter of 2021, and Broadcom’s sales increased only 1%. Intel’s semiconductor revenue of $19.3 billion in the second quarter of 2021 was much larger than most others, but its 3% growth rate was much smaller than that of some of its major competitors.
Among the top 10, sales expectations for Q3 2021 range from -3% for Intel to +12% for Qualcomm. These expectations continue to support IC Insights’ forecast for a growth of at least 23% in the global semiconductor market this year.