The worldwide semiconductor revenue touched $466.2 billion in 2020 against $422.3 billion in 2019.

It a 10.4% increase in overall semiconductor revenue from 2019, according to Gartner.

“Memory, GPUs and 5G chipsets led semiconductor growth, driven by hyperscale, PC, ultramobile and 5G handset end-market demand,” said Andrew Norwood, Research VP – Gartner.

However, Norwood pointed out that automotive and industrial electronics suffered due to lower spending or a pause in spending owing to COVID-19.

Intel retained its position as the top global semiconductor vendor by revenue in 2020, followed by Samsung Electronics, SK Hynix and Micron Technology (see Table 1). Intel’s semiconductor revenue grew 7.4%, driven by the growth of its core client and server CPU businesses.

Overall, the top performers in the top 10 were NVIDIA and MediaTek. NVIDIA’s 45.2% growth was primarily driven by the company’s gaming-related and data centre businesses.

MediaTek’s revenue grew 38.1% in 2020 driven by the disruption to Huawei’s business throughout the year.

Table 1. Top 10 Semiconductor Vendors by Revenue, Worldwide, 2020

2020  Rank 2019  Rank Vendor 2020 Revenue 2020 Market Share (%) 2019 Revenue 2019-20 Growth (%)
1 1 Intel 72,759 15.6 67,754 7.4
2 2 Samsung Electronics 57,729 12.4 52,389 10.2
3 3 SK Hynix 25,854 5.5 22,297 16.0
4 4 Micron Technology 22,037 4.7 20,254 8.8
5 6 Qualcomm 17,632 3.8 13,613 29.5
6 5 Broadcom 15,754 3.4 15,322 2.8
7 7 Texas Instruments 13,619 2.9 13,364 1.9
8 13 MediaTek 10,988 2.4 7,958 38.1
9 16 NVIDIA 10,643 2.3 7,331 45.2
10 14 KIOXIA 10,374 2.2 7,827 32.5
Others
(outside top 10)
208,848 44.8 194,228 7.5
Total Market 466,237 100.0 422,337 10.4
Source: Gartner (April 2021)

Memory accounted for one-third of revenue growth
In the overall semiconductor revenue, memory accounted for 26.7% of semiconductor sales in 2020, was the second best-performing device category, experiencing a 13.5% revenue increase.

“Memory benefited from the key trend in 2020 — the shift to home working and learning — which fueled increased server build from hyperscale vendors to satisfy online working and entertainment, as well as a surge in PCs and ultramobile,” said Norwood.

Within memory, NAND flash experienced the best performance with revenue growth of 25.2% due to a shortage in 1H20. “In 2021 both NAND flash and DRAM will be in shortage, sending pricing higher though the year and revenues rocketing by around 25%,” added Norwood.

“This sets memory focused Samsung up with a good chance of recapturing the top spot in the semiconductor market from Intel in 2021,” concluded Norwood.

Maru Pankaj

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