According to the latest research from IC Insights, Intel and Samsung are the leaders of the global sales of semiconductors. Intel tops at 25% while Samsung follows at 15%, for first quarter of 2011.
Intel registered chip sales of $9.5 billion in the first quarter, 44 percent better than Samsung’s $7.1 billion, according to IC Insights.
Nvidia Corp., Graphics chip vendor, squeaked into the top 20 ranking for the first quarter despite a sales decline of 6 percent compared to the first quarter of 2010, according to IC Insights. Nvidia finished the quarter ranked No. 20, surpassing Panasonic Corp., which experienced a 10 percent sales decline compared to the first quarter of 2010, IC Insights said.
Qualcomm did excellently well with sales growth of 22% over similar quarters with Somy losing 14%.
There are about eight U.S. companies in the list of 20 companies. Europe has two in NXP and ST Microelectronics. Other are Asian companies with Japan leading. There is no company from China.