The global market share gap between Samsung and
Intel is expected to be narrowed from 5.4 percentage points
this year, according to iSuppli.
The research firm expects Samsung to record
US$33.4 billion in sales this year, up 7.0 percent from the
previous year, retaining its number 2 position in the global
market with a market share of up to 10.5 percent.
Samsung's chip sales surpassed the US$30 billion mark for the
first time to reach US$31.2 billion last year.
The world's #1 player Intel is forecast to see its market share
down from 15.7 percent last year (US$47.4 billion) to 14.8
percent this year. This year's revenue in chip sales is also
predicted to decline 1.0 percent from last year's US$47.4
This means that the gap between Samsung and Intel will be
narrowed from 5.4 percentage points last year to 4.3 percentage
points this year.
Samsung's strong performance could be attributable to the
increased sales of its flagship products including Mobile DRAM,
NAND Flash memory chips, mobile application processors, and
image sensors, with the smartphone market booming. On the
contrary, Intel, whose flagship business is microprocessors,
saw meager growth amid a slow PC market.
Sales of SK Hynix are expected to skyrocket 48.7 percent from
last year's US$8.9 billion to US$13.3 billion, largely due to
the price rise of DRAM chips. The price rise will push SK
Hynix's market share to 4.2 percent this year from 3.0 percent
last year, along with increasing its ranking from 7th to 5th
The global chip market is forecast to reach US$317 billion this
year, up 4.9 percent from last year's US$302