Boom quarter for top 10 semiconductor companies

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By Nick Flaherty

The top 10 semiconductor companies have seen significant growth in the first quarter of 2021 in the face of industry shortages and higher prices.

Samsung, with total growth of 25 per cent, is catching up on Intel which while the largest supplier was the only major semiconductor company to shrink, by 4 percent. Samsung’s optoelectronic, sensor, and discrete (OSD) business helped boost the company to within 9 percent, or $1.6bn, of Intel this quarter.

The top ten semiconductor ranking includes one pure-play foundry, TSMC, with six fabless companies with Qualcomm, Broadcom, Nvidia and MediaTek, with AMD and Apple just outside. For European chip makers, Infineon grew 20 percent in the quarter, nudged down to number 12 by AMD, while STMicroelectronics grew 35 percent and is at number 14. If pure-play foundry TSMC was excluded from the ranking, Europe-based IDM NXP with $2,503 million in sales would have been ranked 15th.

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In total, the top 15 semiconductor companies’ sales grew by 21 percent in 1Q21 compared to 1Q20, three points greater than the total worldwide semiconductor industry 1Q21/1Q20 increase of 18 percent. There were two new entrants into the top 15 ranking in 1Q21, with MediaTek and AMD replacing Huawei subsidiary HiSilicon and Sony.

AMD’s year-over-year sales surged 93 per cent in the quarter, the highest growth rate of any of the top 15 companies, to move up seven spots in the ranking and into 11th place. Overall, it expects its full-year 2021 sales to increase about 50 percent. MediaTek also posted a 90 percent growth, jumping six places to enter the top ten.

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