Move over, Intel: Samsung poised to become the world's largest chip maker


Oh, the times we live in! A new report by Nomura Securities says that Samsung is about to surpass Intel as the world's largest semiconductor maker. Say what? Intel has been at the forefront of chip-making for decades now, but for this past quarter Samsung is projected to hit $15 billion in semiconductor sales, compared with Intel's $14.4 billion. 

Thus, while sales of Samsung's flagship Galaxy S line used to form the lion's share of its revenue and profits just two or three years ago, now it has managed to diversify enough so that more than half of its profits and revenue come from chips and other components. Not that the Galaxy S8's market performance isn't important for Samsung's bottom line, but the $18 billion expansion of its chip-making plants that was announced today undoubtedly shows where the company's future focus may lie. 

Needless to say, the Galaxy phones can only benefit from these developments, as they will be able to get the latest and greatest processors and memory chips, while Intel might have to prep for the "decade of Samsung" in the meantime, for the first time since 1993 and the first Pentium processor.

source: Korea Times

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31 Comments

1. gehrig

Posts: 423; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

Not surprising. Samsung is a manufacturing powerhouse

10. sgodsell

Posts: 7365; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

SoCs keep evolving. I remember when CPUs were just that CPUs. Today they not only have to be a great CPU, but they have to great GPUs as well. Not to mention some OEMs are starting to include AI on board. You already see some SoCs with ram on board (PoP). It's going to get to the point where everything is on one chip (PoP). Motion sensors, Modem, WiFi, Bluetooth, RAM, AI, Camera processors, and more.

2. Medoogalaxy

Posts: 232; Member since: May 25, 2017

Always latest technologies by giant korean Sammy is the best company on eart

19. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 688; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

Certainly not.

24. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

I mean... he did say "Eart". That has to be a different planet entirely, right?

29. ShaikhJGI

Posts: 359; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Give credit where its due @kiko007. Ignore what a noob says about "Samsung being best company on "Eart"", Even I won't buy that. But at the least praise what Samsung has achieved here. Why so much hatred & negativity for Samsung? Just because it is the only company in the world which can give a tough competition to your favourite company?? Get over it please.

26. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Best companies are the companies owned by Elon Musk.

30. iushnt

Posts: 3103; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

There is nothing as 'best company'.

3. drunkenjay

Posts: 1670; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

grats on samsung. their products are top notch.

4. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

Go sammy go ... But still dont know why they quit mirrorless camera market ! The NX1 was the best aps-c in 2015

13. pendragon0202

Posts: 164; Member since: Feb 23, 2015

Due to smart phones, fewer people are buying cameras. Samsung has seen that the camera market will only contract in future. Instead they focused more into image sensors to compete with sony.

5. Chaise unregistered

Impressive. From relatively unknown status to surpassing many leaders in the industry all in a span of a handful of decades.

6. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

This is due to the high demand of chinese companies of high end components that leads to the rise of prices

7. ibend2

Posts: 159; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

samsung keep growing while intel declining... intel's new (rushed) lineup didn't get that much positif feedback from reviewers.. (plus VRM overheat problem even before they release the most power hungry model, lol..), and it will face threadripper soon.. they low-mid range get crushed by ryzen... their xeon model also get new enemy, ryzen pro and EPYC.. even their mobile processor will get some trouble once raven ridge and ARM-powered laptop hit the market

8. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

AMD gained 10.5% market share from intel X299 is a mess

22. hemedans

Posts: 755; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

what make you say that? any proof to validate your point?

21. hemedans

Posts: 755; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

low and midrange get crushed by amd? are you aware nothing come close to pentium 4500 in low end cpu market? not a single AMD cpu can compete with that chip, and funny thing in games even ryzen 1400, 1500, 1600 are same or sometime beaten by this little monster. and server side still xeon D are ahead of competition, most of todays super computers and servers are powered by them, they use low power and provide better perfomance. check this benchmark i7 perfomance with just 45w power usage http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=Intel+Xeon+D-1541+%40+2.10GHz with introduction of kabylake and skylake x with cpu like i7 7800x ryzen not perfomance champion anymore.

9. Papa_Ji

Posts: 848; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

Why don't Samsung Acquire AMD... So that they can completely destroy intel.

20. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 688; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

Good idea. But the problem might be of cultural differences. Samsung is a well oiled machine based on Korean Culture. It would be very difficult to integrate AMD into Samsung's culture. But in theory this would be a very nice move because Samsung has money and boost AMD's research and development with its money.

23. hemedans

Posts: 755; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

intel own x86 and amd own x64, so dont expect intel to licence x86 to samsung.

28. Papa_Ji

Posts: 848; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

Then Samsung will not licence AMD x64 to intel...

31. hemedans

Posts: 755; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

they have their own alternative called ITANIUM, problem is it cant run 32bit apps only 64bit. if AMD exit in x86 space they will need to solve only that, maybe by use emulation?

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

The tech king, keeps growing.

12. Khyron

Posts: 397; Member since: Sep 28, 2015

Sammy will produce the new Google's soc

14. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Samsung all the way. Intel needs to step up it's game, seriously.

15. Slytherin

Posts: 268; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Samsung, what a company! always on the move, always looking forward, always innovating! CPU, STORAGE, MEMORY, DISPLAY! King of the hill Just bring us your money Apple!

16. Sidewinder

Posts: 515; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

After AMD caught Intel with its pants down and with Intel's launch of its joke x299 platform and the i9's it is not surprising seeing Intel take a plummet.

17. Slytherin

Posts: 268; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Intel are shocking! Over priced, and their CPU'S get warmer than the Sun! Sucking your electric socket dry! AMD/NVIDIA for my next Rig

18. uzimafioso

Posts: 469; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

Truth be told, that's exactly what people were saying about AMDs for more than a decade. I have an i7 4790 and it has never ever heated up. Never and mind you I'm in a humid country with temperatures going as high as 48°C.

25. Slytherin

Posts: 268; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

My last AMD processor was an Athlon 64 back in the day, and what a chip it was! I only have a Dell XPS Laptop at the moment with an Intel cpu, and has served me well, but will be building a gaming Rig next year, and that will probably be a Ryzen/Threadripper cpu with probably a Nvidia Volta gpu to go with it! Supposedly Vega is another warm one! Shall be interesting to see what Intel does with Cannonlake/Coffee Lake? Maybe i'll stick to the Decaf instead lol

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