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Market Trends: OEM Semiconductor Spending, Worldwide, 2013

Published: 15 November 2013

ID: G00245293

Analyst(s): Masatsune Yamaji


Samsung Electronics and Apple will remain the largest consumers of semiconductors for at least the next couple of years. However, semiconductor vendors should recognize that other ecosystem leaders, such as Google and Microsoft, will have an increasing influence on semiconductor spending trends.

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Market Trend

  • The Market's Traditional Top Customers Look Set to Reduce Their Demand
  • Market Structure Trend: Cloud-Based Service Providers and OS Providers Will Have Most Impact on Spending Trends
    • Consumer Demand Will Shift to Utility/Basic Devices
    • The Ecosystem War Will Expand to Other Market Segments
  • Buyers Trend: Hardware Design Engineers Will Rely More on Reference Designs and Online Distributors
  • Regional Trend: Chinese OEMs and White-Box Manufacturers Will Lead the Utility/Basic Mobile Device Market
  • Technology Trend: Some Semiconductor Vendors Will Use Their Technological Strengths to Survive in Niche Markets

Contrarian View

  • If Governments Become Suspicious of the Dominant Ecosystem Leaders These Trends Will Change

Vendors to Watch

  • Apple
  • Google
  • Microsoft
  • Samsung Electronics

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