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Samsung May Overtake Intel As World's Largest Chip Maker In 2017 (pcmag.com) 56

According to U.S. semiconductor market research firm IC Insights, Samsung is likely to overtake Intel as the world's largest chip maker later this year. Bill McClean, president of IC Insights, explained that "If money market prices continue to hold or increase through the second quarter and the balance of this year, Samsung could charge into the top spot and displace Intel." PC Magazine reports: Intel first became the world's largest chipmaker back in 1993 and has held the title ever since. But as the mobile market has exploded, so did the need for the chips that make them work. Unlike on PC where Intel dominates, mobile is a different matter entirely, and Samsung is on hand to provide the DRAM and NAND chips they require. Intel first became the world's largest chipmaker back in 1993 and has held the title ever since. But as the mobile market has exploded, so did the need for the chips that make them work. Unlike on PC where Intel dominates, mobile is a different matter entirely, and Samsung is on hand to provide the DRAM and NAND chips they require.
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Samsung May Overtake Intel As World's Largest Chip Maker In 2017

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  • Proof-reading? (Score:4, Interesting)

    by BarbaraHudson ( 3785311 ) <barbarahudson@gm a i l.com> on Wednesday May 03, 2017 @07:13PM (#54351617) Journal
    Or is it just repeating the same phrases twice to pad out a submission?
  • by fustakrakich ( 1673220 ) on Wednesday May 03, 2017 @07:13PM (#54351619) Journal

    Intel first became the world's largest chipmaker back in 1993 and has held the title ever since. But as the mobile market has exploded, so did the need for the chips that make them work. Unlike on PC where Intel dominates, mobile is a different matter entirely, and Samsung is on hand to provide the DRAM and NAND chips they require.

    Intel first became the world's largest chipmaker back in 1993 and has held the title ever since. But as the mobile market has exploded, so did the need for the chips that make them work. Unlike on PC where Intel dominates, mobile is a different matter entirely, and Samsung is on hand to provide the DRAM and NAND chips they require.

  • by skirmish666 ( 1287122 ) on Wednesday May 03, 2017 @07:15PM (#54351627)
    And it repeats itself too.
  • by bogaboga ( 793279 ) on Wednesday May 03, 2017 @07:16PM (#54351629)

    Apart from duplicating that intro, the submitter would have been more informative if he/she told us who Intel supplanted back in 1993.

    I now have to `google` this I guess.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      "I now have to `google` this I guess."

      Pretend it's 1993 again and use AOL search or gopher instead! It makes the terrible /. articles much more fun to research.

      Also, pretend it's 1993 again and use AOL search or gopher instead! It makes the terrible /. articles much more fun to research.

      Also, also, pretend it's 1993 again and use AOL search or gopher instead! It makes the terrible /. articles much more fun to research.

      I should be a /. editor!

      • by AK Marc ( 707885 )
        Archie was around, along with multiple spider services. You weren't stuck using AOL. AOL was always just an advertising engine, not a search engine. Gopher had no search engine and was still better than the first few years of Yahoo, as it was semi-hierarchical.
    • by Anonymous Coward

      According this is link it was the Japanese manufacturers.

      http://www.icinsights.com/news/bulletins/Tracking-The-Top-10-Semiconductor-Sales-Leaders-Over-26-Years/

      IMHO, you can buy an 8 core 64 Bit 2Ghz computer for $60 these days, complete with Bluetooth, HDMI, flash, Wifi, ethernet.... so Intel has already lost the market to a *cluster* of companies that includes Samsung, and it's for those companies to fight it out to see who becomes the dominant one. Intel will not be one of the winners.

      I don't think Samsu

      • by Anonymous Coward

        >Google Android TV Box S912 and you'll find a load of these

        Interesting. This could be a good light computer/server for some home tasks. I'd been considering a Raspberry Pi, but that would be $50 with some extras anyway.

        My only concern is that some Chinese chipsets come with backdoors or malware pre-installed.

      • so Intel has already lost the market to a *cluster* of companies that includes Samsung, and it's for those companies to fight it out to see who becomes the dominant one. Intel will not be one of the winners

        I'm not so sure, for two reasons:

        The first is that economies of scale are hugely important in the fab business. AMD spun off Global Foundries so that they could share their fab R&D costs with other companies and whoever has the highest quantities of current-process chips (older processes are less important - you run a fab for years after it's superseded, but your margins go down a lot) has a big advantage in terms of amortising their R&D costs across multiple chips. Being smaller than 5 other com

  • Good job /. this is by far the best written summary I have seen on this site in years.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      It is also (by far) the best written summary to have been seen on this site in years.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    I'd far rather buy the world's smaller chips than the world's largest chips.

  • This is terrible! An artificial measurement of success have been turned against a tech company! Better warn the public! -_-;

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Looks like we're all experts at reading the summary. What about RTFA? ....

    *crickets*

  • Revenue, not product (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward

    The article really says that Samsung's revenue will exceed Intel's if memory prices stay high. If prices drop, then Samsung is number 2. It has little to do with actual production of product. By this metric, Samsung could produce less and still become first in revenue if prices rise enough.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Since Intel's management decided to stop innovation by cutting the research and development, the downward spiral of company will just speed up. The fat profits they now have can not continue forever. But that does not matter as the management team can retire into their mansions after company bank account is spent as bonuses.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    The number of worthwhile chips between the two tells a totally different tale. Samsung kinda makes a bunch of horseshit when it comes right down to it. Processors for toys.

  • Unlike on PC where Intel dominates, mobile is a different matter entirely, and Samsung is on hand to provide the DRAM and NAND chips they require?

    • No no no. Samsung is on hand to provide the DRAM and NAND chips they require, because mobile is a different matter entirely.
  • ...Samsung smartphones are replacing dynamite in many application fields!
  • by thegarbz ( 1787294 ) on Thursday May 04, 2017 @05:10AM (#54353169)

    At least there are no spelling and grammar errors in the summary.

  • I need some Head On, applied directly to the forehead.

    Head On, applied directly to the forehead.

    Head On, applied directly to the forehead.

  • There is no way Intel can come up with chips even half as explosive as Samsung's. Not in vain is Samsung a company on fire.
  • From the headline:

    Intel first became the world's largest chipmaker back in 1993 and has held the title ever since. But as the mobile market has exploded...

  • Samsung May Overtake Intel As World's Largest Chip Maker In 2017

    So...Um... So, how big is the world's largest chip anyway?

  • It's deja vue all over again...

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