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Gartner Finds Chip Revenue Grew 10.4% in 2020

April 12, 2021

Worldwide semiconductor revenue totaled $466.2 billion in 2020, an increase of 10.4% from 2019.

“Memory, GPUs and 5G chipsets led semiconductor growth, driven by hyperscale, PC, ultramobile and 5G handset end-market demand, while automotive and industrial electronics suffered due to lower spending or a pause in spending owing to COVID-19,” said Andrew Norwood, research vice president at Gartner.

Intel retained its position as the No. 1 global semiconductor vendor by revenue in 2020, followed by Samsung Electronics, SK hynix and Micron (see Table 1). Intel’s semiconductor revenue grew 7.4%, driven by 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 center 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 (Millions of U.S. Dollars)

2020  Rank  2019  Rank  Vendor 2020 Revenue 2020 Market Share (%) 2019 Revenue 2019-2020 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

Memory, which 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 ultramobiles,” said Mr. 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%” said Mr. Norwood. “This sets memory focused Samsung up with a good chance of recapturing the top spot in the semiconductor market from Intel in 2021.”

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