Samsung dethrones Intel to become the world's largest chip maker by revenue


Samsung just announced record $50 billion profit for last year, and a record Q4 with $14.1 billion earned largely from selling marked-up components, rather than Galaxies. The parts in question include memory modules, displays and processors, but it's the chip business that made it rain for Samsung in 2017. Buried in the annual report is the fact that the department made $69 billion of revenue for Samsung last year, while the former king Intel (also knows as Chipzilla), made do with $63 billion.

This is a huge shift in the silicon business, no matter how you slice it, and, even though Intel's focus is on the more upscale and heretofore more profitable x86 processors, Samsung managed to throw its weight around by making everything from computer memory to mobile Exynos processors, and is a few steps ahead of the competition in terms of technology and production capacities. 

Just to put things in perspective, Intel basically created the computer memory business, but ditched it during the Japanese electronics' firms boom, while Samsung licensed the production technology from the Japanese at the time, and is now the world's largest chip maker by revenue. Circle of tech life.

source: Bloomberg

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10 Comments

1. Techlover2018

Posts: 80; Member since: Jul 14, 2017

Samsung is a tech giant by all means.

3. amasog

Posts: 552; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

so....?

2. Mr.Pussy

Posts: 348; Member since: Feb 16, 2017

Congrats! Well done Sammy.

4. Diego!

Posts: 866; Member since: Jun 15, 2009

Bravo Samsung! You show them how it's done!

5. Boybawang

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 02, 2013

Not only that. Sammy is still growing while Intel is shrinking.

7. worldpeace

Posts: 3127; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Well it will be hard year for Intel.. In desktop segment, Zen is strong comeback from AMD.. In notebook segment, Zen (Raven Ridge) with1060-like performance at almost half the price, and ARM notebook also coming.. In server segment, they AMD also can't leave Intel alone (EPYC) Intel used to dominate those segments since there got almost no competitor. It's good for customers, without all of those competition, we'l never see Intel's processor integrated with AMD's GPU (as in the newest intel NUC, and in near future notebooks)

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