In the semiconductor industry, Intel has been a leader in the semiconductor industry since 1993, but this was broken in the second quarter of 2017. In 2017 and 2018, Samsung Semiconductor overtook Intel by 7% and 12%, respectively. But that didn’t last long, and in 2019, Intel regained the no.1 place.
Intel’s revenue for this year was $69.832 billion, unchanged from last year, according to a forecast released by IC Insights. But Samsung fell 29 percent, pushing Intel outright.
Samsung was able to do so well in 2017 and 2018 because of DRAM and NAND. I believe we all have the experience that the price of memory and SSDs has skyrocketed over the past two years, helping Samsung to surpass Intel. In the past year, the price of memory and SSDs has fallen significantly, resulting in a more significant decline in Samsung’s revenue. So even though Intel’s revenue is on par with last year, it is taking back the top spot in the semiconductor industry from Samsung.