In 2021, global semiconductor revenues reached a total of $583.5 billion.

This represents an increase of 25.1% in one year.

According to Gartner, the shortage throughout the semiconductor supply chain was a major contributor to this result.

For the first time since 2018, Samsung Electronics wins the top spot among vendors by semiconductor revenue.

The shortage caused prices to skyrocket

"The resulting combination of strong demand as well as increases in logistics and raw material prices have pushed up average selling prices for semiconductors, contributing to overall revenue growth in 2021," the vice-president said. -president of research at technology research and advisory firm Gartner Inc, Andrew Norwood.

These preliminary results were published last week in a press release.

He said the 5G smartphone market has also helped boost semiconductor revenues.

Indeed, unit production has doubled to reach 555 million in 2021, compared to 250 million in 2020.

US sanctions as a springboard

The top ten semiconductor vendors have remained largely the same between 2020 and 2021. Most of the changes are noticeable at the top of the ranking.

According to Gartner, the US sanctions imposed on Huawei would have allowed other Chinese smartphone original equipment manufacturers to gain market share, such as Skyworks, Qualcomm or MediaTek.

"Meanwhile, HiSilicon, Huawei's chip subsidiary, saw its revenue decline from US$8.2 billion in 2020 to around US$1 billion in 2021," the site said.

Samsung Electronics regained the top spot for the first time since 2018. The company's revenue is up 31.6% in 2021. Its memory-related revenue grew 34.2%, matching the rate of growth of the global memory market.

In second place on the podium, Intel slips back with a growth of 0.5% in 2021. This is the lowest growth rate among the top 25 suppliers while Intel has dominated the market since 2018.

The memory boom

Memory is the highest performing category of devices.

Gartner sees a connection to the increase in server deployments by hyperscale cloud providers.

The main goal of hyperscale is to achieve massive computing processing, a way to satisfy big data and cloud computing.

Memory revenue accounts for 33.8% of overall semiconductor revenue growth in 2021. This is an increase of $42.1 billion from 2020.

Dynamic Random Access Memory (DRAM) recorded the best performance with revenue growth of 40.4% in 2021. sales associated with double digits for most of the year,” concludes Gartner.

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