The pair increased their purchasing by more $20 billion compared with 2016 when they also led spending with 18 percent of the market.

Preliminary ranking of Top 10 companies by semiconductor purchase worldwide, (millions of dollars). Source: Gartner Inc.

BBK Electronics, the second largest manufacturer of mobile phones in the world, swapped places with Hewlett Packard in the ranking to take sixth place just behind Huawei. BBK is the Chinese company behind the Oppo, OnePlus and Vivo brands.

Significant price increases for DRAM and NAND flash memory in 2017 had a big impact on semiconductor buyers’ ranking through 2017. Supply shortages occurred not just in the memory IC market, but also in other semiconductor chip markets, such as microcontrollers and discrete, as well as in the passive component market, which benefited the suppliers but troubled the OEMs, Gartner said.

The top 10 OEMs have increased in significance and their share of the chip market reached 40 percent in 2017 compared with 31 percent ten years’ previously. Gartner expects this trend to continue and predicts that, by 2021, the top 10 OEMs will account for more than 45 percent of total global semiconductor spending.

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