Samsung has narrowed the gap to Intel in the semiconductor segment, with the South Korean giant’s market share just 1.6 percent shy of Intel. According to IHS iSuppli, Samsung now has a 12 percent share of the global semiconductor market, consisting of memory and non-memory semiconductors, with Intel at 13.6 percent.
The gap has been steadily decreasing over the years, thanks to a sharp uptick in smartphone adoption and a downturn in PC sales. In 2011, Intel maintained a lead of 6.9 percent, which dwindled to 6 percent in 2012, 4.3 percent in 2013 and 3.4 percent in 2014. At the beginning of the year, the divide between the two entities was 2.4 percent, but with Samsung seeing increased production of its 14nm FinFET node for use in the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge+, that gap has further decreased to 1.6 percent by August.
The South Korean manufacturer also crossed $10 billion in revenue for the first time, becoming only the second vendor to do so, after Intel, which posted $11.97 billion in sales.
Maker of memory modules SK Hynix came in third with a market share of 4.29 percent and overall revenue of $4.29 billion, with Qualcomm finishing fourth.