Intel, Samsung Lead Worldwide Semiconductor Market: Gartner
Intel recorded a 2.2 percent revenue decline as strong performance in its data center and embedded systems group couldn't offset declining PC sales.Worldwide semiconductor revenue totaled $315.4 billion in 2013, a 5.2 percent increase from 2012 revenue of $299.9 billion, with Intel, Samsung and Qualcomm taking the top three spots, according to a report from IT research firm Gartner. Intel recorded a 2.2 percent revenue decline as strong performance in its data center and embedded systems group was not enough to offset a declining PC market. However, the company was able to maintain the top market share position for the 22nd consecutive year, capturing 15.2 percent of the 2013 semiconductor market, down slightly from its peak of 16.5 percent in 2011. Micron Technology saw the biggest revenue growth among the top 25 due to its midyear acquisition of Elpida Memory. The company benefited from the recovery in commodity dynamic random access memory (DRAM) pricing and strong growth for low-power DRAM where Elpida is strong.
"After a weak start to 2013 due to excess inventory, revenue growth strengthened in the second and third quarters before leveling off in the fourth quarter. Memory, in particular DRAM, led this growth, not due to strong demand, but rather weak supply growth," Andrew Norwood, research vice president at Gartner, said in a statement.