Intel fends off ARM chip menace as Samsung stagnates

Mar 26, 2012
Intel fends off ARM chip menace as Samsung stagnates

Intel may be under siege, but that hasn't slowed the chip manufacturer's progress: Intel recorded its largest market share in 10 years in 2011, it's claimed, with patchy performance from ARM-based rivals like Samsung. The x86 company's share was 15.6-percent of the overall semiconductor market, according to IHS iSuppli, up 2.5-percent from 2010. Meanwhile Samsung, which has been nipping at Intel's heels for the past few years, ground to a halt: growth stagnated in 2011, leaving Samsung with 9.2-percent of the overall market.

That's not to say there aren't still ARM-based winners. Qualcomm grabbed the number six spot in the league with a 41.6-percent growth spurt, ending up with 3.3-percent of the market. It now sits just 0.1-percent behind Renesas Electronics Corp.

The semiconductor segment as a whole struggled somewhat, with overall growth of just 1.3-percent; a disappointing Q4 2011, with a 5.9-percent decrease in the market, did nothing to help that.

Samsung has pinned its hopes on its new Exynos range of SoCs, along with a $41.1bn investment in, among other things, chip research and development this year. Exynos is expected to include a powerful quadcore model, together with USB 3.0 support and the ability to drive high-resolution mobile displays.

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