Intel's lead in semiconductors could be challenged by Samsung
Intel has seen the launch of the first smartphone to use its Medfield processor in the Lava International Xolo X900 which was released in India. Lenovo and Motorola both plan on building smartphones with Intel inside, but the chip maker is well behind leaders like the Samsung Exynos processor and the Qualcomm Snapdragon.
Can Samsung catch up and overtake Intel? Last year Intel sold $48.7 billion in chips, about $20 billion more than Samsung sold according to iSuppli. How can the Korean based tech titan pass Samsung? At least one analyst says it would require a huge growth in Samsung's memory chip sales and a stumble by Intel. Mike Howard, an analyst at iSuppli, says that while Samsung could have trouble growing its share in memory chips, he sees Intel having to form a major alliance long term to hold off Samsung. If Samsung does have one disadvantage, because it produces smartphones and tablets as well as the chips inside, some producers of mobile devices might not award business to them.
1. khmer (Posts: 93; Member since: 21 Jun 2012)
If Intel make chips for mobile devices, Samsung must make chips for PC and laptops to challenge Intel and AMD.
5. ph00ny (Posts: 606; Member since: 26 May 2011)
That's actually not a good idea. There is a good reason why intel is still the leader and AMD is falling behind every year
6. RageQuit (Posts: 41; Member since: 05 Sep 2011)
Actually Samsung cannot. Samsung makes ARM processors, which take less power than intel's x86 but also dont perform as well as x86 when the voltage is increased. x86 Archtecture that can be used for computers because all the major OSs only run on x86(albeit windows 8 will have an ARM version but it wont be able to run any programs besides the ones it comes with because all desktop computer programs are x86). intel is getting into the mobile market by scaleing down the x86 architecture and using a x86 version of android( intel has mad it so that their new medfield x86 processor will be able to run about 90% of android apps) the thing is Samsung doesnt have the ability to make x86 due to patents and intel also has a tight grip on companies makeing them buy all intel(AMD is pretty much alive just thought the consumer market and places where intel lets them at this point).
9. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5953; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Except the growth is going to occur in the MAP market space that Samsung has a pretty good command of (certainly better than Intel). Low power chips is not Intel's strong suit. Intel is going to have to bring its 'A' game to make inroads on Sammy.
Something tells me the consumer is going to benefit. Especially if Intel gets serious.
2. cepcamba (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)
The advantage of Samsung is they build the final end products too. Having other companies use their hardware is a good thing for income but they don't really need to since they can use their supplies themselves.
Samsung overtaking Intel is not something impossible. But Intel is yet to make a big move, so until they tumble down we really won't know.
3. andrew1953 (Posts: 175; Member since: 13 Nov 2011)
In the e.d competition gives customers a better product. Go Samsung
7. RageQuit (Posts: 41; Member since: 05 Sep 2011)
i think once intel gets into the Mobile market they will start to dominate, they just have so much more cash than the compation and x86 medfields seem to be really powerful, just got to wait and see until they get into the high end market.
8. jove39 (Posts: 1330; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
Intel's attempt to challenge arm based chips are just...quite underwhelming...intel could have played a top card by partnering with MS to run WP8 on x86 based cpu...w8 is already sharing kernel with wp8...it would have been perfect!
10. Suts_97 (Posts: 124; Member since: 05 May 2012)
Samsung, you are going to be then new King soon!
11. Mitchel (Posts: 228; Member since: 25 May 2012)
Lebron James & Samsung are destined to be the new KING!!!
12. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)
Where the hell is AMD?
It looks like they have only 2yrs left before they went bankrupt.