Samsung, Apple Lead Worldwide Semiconductor Market: Gartner
In order to keep growing, semiconductor vendors need to accelerate device commoditization with their intellectual properties and patent portfolio.Samsung Electronics and Apple together consumed $53.7 billion of semiconductors in 2013, an increase of $7.7 billion from 2012, according to a report from IT research firm Gartner. However, the report noted that in order to keep growing, semiconductor vendors need to gain opportunities by accelerating the device commoditization with their intellectual properties and patent portfolio. Samsung and Apple remained the top semiconductor buyers in 2013, increasing their combined semiconductor demand by 17 percent, while the top 10 companies bought $114 billion of semiconductors, to account for 36 percent of semiconductor vendors' worldwide revenue in 2013, up from $105.1 billion, and 35 percent in 2012. "Samsung Electronics and Apple have topped the semiconductor consumption table for three years running, with their share of the design total available market (TAM) rising from 12 percent in 2011, to 17 percent in 2013," Masatsune Yamaji, principal research analyst at Gartner, said in a statement. "This increase clearly shows how fast the presence of these two companies has expanded over the last three years and why their decisions have technology and pricing implications for the whole semiconductor industry."
Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo and Dell rounded out the top five semiconductor manufacturers, with Lenovo climbing to No. 4 in 2013 due to its market share growth in the PC market as well as the great success in the Chinese smartphone market.