MacNN | Report: Samsung beats Apple in chip purchase in 2012
Mac News Network View: Standard | Headlines | Categorized | Slim
Mac News Network
Mac News iPod News Reviews Forums

Desktop Headlines
Report: Samsung beats Apple in chip purchase in 2012
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 @ 3:46pm

According to a report from industry research company Gartner, Samsung edged out Apple in dollar-value of semiconductor purchases, but the pair together consume 15 percent of the world's total demand. Samsung purchased $23.9 billion in chips in 2012, increasing its demand 28.9 percent from 2011. Apple's $21.4 billion in chips purchased in 2012 is an increase of 13.6 percent from its 2011 numbers. Overall, the world's purchases contracted three percent.

The top 10 companies ordered $106.4 billion of semiconductors total in 2012. The dollar-value purchases by themselves aren't a conclusive indicator of market supremacy, as the report does not break down sales volume by unit, or any other useful metric. Masatsune Yamaji, principal research analyst at Gartner, hinted at this situation as well in saying that "in addition to a weak macroeconomic situation, a dramatic change in consumer demand contributed to a reduction in semiconductor demand in 2012. The PC market still represented the largest sector for chip demand, but desktop and mobile PCs did not sell well, as consumers' interest shifted to new mobile computing devices like smartphones and media tablets. This shift caused a substantial decrease in semiconductor demand in 2012, as the semiconductor content of a smartphone or a media tablet is far less than that of a PC."

Comments on this Article
Print Friendly Version
Email to a Friend
Add MacNN to Your RSS Feeds
Buy from the Apple Store

Related Stories:

Today's MacNN Stories:

  • Sonos bringing Apple Music support to speakers in beta December 15 - 3:50 PM EST
  • App Update (OS X): FontXChange, Yummy FTP, Droplr, more - 2:08 PM EST
  • Customer wins in lawsuit over data loss caused by Apple Store repair - 2:08 PM EST
  • Daily Deals for Cyber Monday - 1:51 PM EST
  • Apple releases fifth beta of OS X 10.11.2 for devs, public - 1:47 PM EST
  • The MacNN Gift Guide: Gifts for the videographers in your life - 12:44 PM EST
  • MacNN Deals: Extra 25 percent discount on educational online courses - 12:13 PM EST
  • Analysis of A9X shows dual-core CPU with custom 12-cluster GPU - 11:19 AM EST
  • What's in your Tech Bag -- Charles Martin - 10:22 AM EST
  • Hands On: Reeder 3.0 (iOS) - 9:06 AM EST
  • The Big Deal: Get 11 Mac apps with MacUpdate's Cyber Monday bundle - 8:49 AM EST
  • Pointers: Stop Spam Texts (iOS) - 7:18 AM EST
  • Briefly: Swatch NFC watch heading to US, Vodafone WorldTraveller - 7:17 AM EST
  • Amazon could launch Instant Video app for Apple TV within weeks - 6:48 AM EST

    Today's iPodNN Stories:
  • So long, and thanks for everything! - 2:31 PM EST
  • Lizard Squad member convicted over 50,700 computer crime charges - 9:58 AM EST
  • Microsoft offers grants to universities for HoloLens research - 7:25 AM EST
  • LG Display starts mass production of AIT display panels for notebooks - 7:47 AM EST
  • Briefly: EE fined £1M in UK, Unofficial YouTube app on Android Wear - 11:14 AM EST
  • No comments posted on this story yet. Please post yours.
    Your Comments
    In order to post comments, you must be a registered member of the MacNN Forums and logged in. Please login with your MacNN Forums username and password.

    MacNN Forums Login:

    MacNN Forums Password:

    Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.