Gartner: Samsung top chip buyer last year, surpasses Apple
0. phoneArena 23 Jan 2013, 13:45 posted on
Last year, Samsung spent a whopping $23.9 billion on chips, spending more on them than any other company, even the Korean manufacturer's top rival Apple; the previous year it had been Apple on top spending $18.8 billion on chips compared to the $18.6 billion spent by Samsung while fellow handset producer NBokia showed the biggest decline among top buyers...
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2. tech2 (Posts: 2985; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)
If Samsung are one of the biggest chip manufactuers how come they are the biggest buyer ? Cant they manufacture for themselves ?!
or the purchases were divisional through transfer pricing which is part of the buying figure given ?
4. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3425; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
Samsung uses their own chips mostly in their flagship devices. They tend to buy chips for most of their other devices.
7. lukasound (Posts: 152; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)
I don't think this is true. And even if it is, their flagships are the only bestsellers and the only ones with expensive chips.
I think Samsung treats their divisions seperately, so on paper it looks like "Samsung mobile" bought stuff from "Samsung displays", "Samsung chips" or whatever...
Also, if they mean "processors", they shouldn't have used the term "chips". If you consider a graphics unit, an audio processor or any other chip into the equation, these numbers are just a bunch of nonsense that shows nothing we can understand considering enourmous corelations...
Isn't a digital video processor in every Sony TV a chip? Same goes for watches, cameras, calculators..
3. schinnak (Posts: 83; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)
just for kicks - now read the whole article once again by keeping potato chips in mind ;-)