Apple and Samsung won't pass the chips

Apple and Samsung won't pass the chips
A new report by Gartner reveals that Apple and Samsung were the top two chip buyers in 2013. The pair purchased $53.7 billion of semiconductors last year, up $7 billion or 15.2% over 2012's numbers. The pair accounted for 17% of 2013 chip sales overall. That is up from their chip purchases equaling 12% of all chip sales in 2011. For three years in a row, the rivals have been at the top of the chip buyers' list. Masatsune Yamaji, principal research analyst at Gartner, said that the numbers show why Apple and Samsung's chip buying have pricing implications for the entire industry.


Chinese manufacturer Lenovo moved into fourth place on the top ten semiconductor buyers list, thanks to its PC line and its smartphone business in China. And Huawei took a position in the top ten for the first time. The top ten purchased $114 billion worth of silicon last year, making up 36% of semiconductor manufacturer's revenues. This was up from $105 billion and 35% respectively, in 2012.

Gartner sees growth by Chinese based manufacturers leading to more demand for semiconductors. These companies are expected to see their business increase not only in China, but also in emerging markets like Latin America and Africa. But Gartner says that the semiconductor producers are having a tough time because the popularity of smartphones and tablets has the public turning to them instead of PCs when possible. The amount of silicon in a smartphone or tablet is measurably less than the amount used in a PC, and this is hurting demand for semiconductors.

source: DigiTimes

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7 Comments

1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Apple and Samsung surpassed Lenovo and HP? Kind of not surprised considering A&S also build computers. Not trying to be mean or anything Alan, but you really need help with article titles. This one is just... no.

2. MySchizoBuddy

Posts: 159; Member since: Aug 23, 2011

and lenovo and HP do not build computers?

4. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

u misunderstood, he means that along with all Apple n Sammys Silicon bought for phones, they Also in Addition buy silicon for making computers. now, it more so applies to Sammy kuz apple IS a computer company, n sammy is a Conglomerate makin a bunch of shizzle.

5. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

Sure, but you could argue back that Lenovo and HP also make tablets and even phones ;)

6. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

yea but HP and Lenovo are later to the phone game (the phone game is where the relavence is) , well atleast lenovo i presume, w/out research i mean. HP was deff in the PDA (PDAs were more computer than phone) game right? but not the phone game. and tablets are computers... SLATE computers, that the dumb Isheep have dubed a "Tablet," and Tablet got popular so now, EVERYONE says tablet when referring to a Slate Computer. and poor pooor Real tablets like the Gateways n Fujitsus got to be called "Convertables" or "Transformers," so yea. its the Phones that matter here

7. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

But not in the quantity that Samsung and Apple does.

3. ScottSchneider

Posts: 336; Member since: Dec 06, 2011

Exactly... +1...

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