Intel's Market Share Soars to 10-Year High, IHS iSuppli Says
"Intel in 2011 captured the headlines with its major surge in growth," said Dale Ford, head of electronics and semiconductor research for IHS. "The company’s rise was spurred by soaring demand for its PC-oriented microprocessors, and for its NAND flash memory used in consumer and wireless products. Intel’s revenue also was boosted by its acquisition of Infineon’s wireless business unit. The company’s strong rise helped it to stave off the rising challenge mounted by No. 2 semiconductor supplier Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., which had been whittling away at Intel’s lead in recent years."
Intel President and CEO Paul Otellini displays a silicon wafer containing the world's first working chips built on 22nm manufacturing technology. Source: Intel
The world's leading chip maker also saw a 20.6 percent jump in revenue in 2011, so these aren't empty market share numbers we're talking about. No other top 20 semiconductor saw the same kind of growth that Intel did.
Intel's market share lead is only somewhat threatened by Samsung, which ended 2011 with a 9.2 percent share of the market. After that, the numbers drop steeply with Texas Instruments claiming a 4.5 percent share, Toshiba at 4.1 percent, and Renasas Electronics Corporation at 4.1 percent. AMD is in eleventh place with a 2.1 percent share of the market, according to IHS iSuppli.