Samsung climbs to fourth spot in the chipmaking ranklist thanks to millions of Exynos sales

Samsung climbs to fourth spot in the chipmaking ranklist thanks to millions of Exynos sales
To say that Samsung's Exynos line of mobile chipsets is anything short of a success would be a mighty understatement. With nearly 50 million sales of Exynos chips last year, Samsung Electronics has managed to dramatically boost its share in the global smartphone application processor (AP) market, officially entering the top five in the rankings.

Until presently, the company had already ranked on top in the global DRAM and NAND Flash markets, but displayed relatively weak sales in the smartphone AP market. However, the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, in addition to other devices by Samsung and smartphone makers such as Meizu, have contributed a significant sales boost. The company shipped over 300 million smartphones last year, and the share of ones carrying in-house processors was about 15 percent.

Samsung's achievement is made all the more impressive by the AP market's challenging conditions. The global smartphone AP market declined 4% year-over-year to reach US$20.1 billion (25 trillion KRW) in 2015, as reported by Strategy Analytics. Still, Qualcomm's market share reached 42%, maintaining its top spot, while Apple and MediaTek ranked number two and three with 21% and 19% shares, respectively. Samsung LSI came in fourth, and Taiwan's Spreadtrum fifth.

source: Business Korea



5. hoomanPeasants unregistered

Yayy, Samsung beat spreadtrum! And this year, due to their s**tty overheating mess of an SoC(also known as 88-90 degrees), spreadtrum will beat them again.

6. jeeta444

Posts: 154; Member since: Mar 24, 2014

Also the new Exynos 7580 present in A5 & A7 is not that good in performance and even inferior to S615. This year samsung exynos failed.

10. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

It is a mid-ranged set of phones. Maybe they are meant to compete with the SD615, like you think they should. Every chip isn't about beating the competition. Its about providing a solution based on the phones capabilities.

13. cheetah2k

Posts: 2271; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Wait, what? Apple is a "chip maker"? BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

15. sgodsell

Posts: 7451; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The 7580 is a mid range Chip which only contains cortex-A53 cores only. There is 8 cores, however it is missing the A57 cores, or in other words the high end cores. Also the 7580 is using 20 nm. Where as the 7420 is based on 14 nm, and contains 4 cortex-A57 cores and 4 cortex-A53 cores. The 7420 is in the Galaxy S6/edge and Note series.

11. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Exynos 7580 is more powerful in CPU benchmarks then SD615 and they are on par with GPU benchmarks. I have A5 with Exynos 7580 and it flies in UI. Games lag however due to weak GPU. GPU: CPU: Exynos 7580: SD 615: Btw Exynos 7580 is built on 20nm while SD615 is built on 28nm node.

12. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015


16. sgodsell

Posts: 7451; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

You do know that the 7580 is midvrange, right. The 7580 is a octa core Chip, but contains only cortex-A53 cores. The 7420 is 14nm and is a much faster chip, since it contains 4 A57 cores.

17. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

I know. I wasnt comparing it with Exynos 7420

18. hexa-core.

Posts: 58; Member since: Feb 28, 2016

At least, I understood that!

7. jellmoo

Posts: 2623; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Am I crazy, or didn't Qualcomm tag Samsung to handle the manufacturing of the 820? Under whose umbrella would sales of that fall?

9. DRS1977

Posts: 679; Member since: May 27, 2015

Those sales would be for Qualcomm, but Samsung wins either way because they make money from both.

14. HR_19

Posts: 103; Member since: Aug 09, 2014

Even though Samsung is actually manufacturing the physical chips, the chip design is owned by Qualcomm, and likely means the majority of the profits are Qualcomm's as well. Samsung doesn't sell Qualcomm's chips, they just manufacture them.

8. RuneMaster

Posts: 75; Member since: May 31, 2015

Let's see on next year.

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