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STAMFORD, Conn., January 14, 2021

Gartner Says Worldwide Semiconductor Revenue Grew 7.3% in 2020

Following a decline of 12% in 2019, worldwide semiconductor revenue rebounded in 2020 to total $449.8 billion, an increase of 7.3% from 2019, according to preliminary results by Gartner, Inc.

“In early 2020, the expectation was that COVID-19 would have a negative impact across all end equipment markets, but the actual effect was more nuanced,” said Andrew Norwood, research vice president at Gartner. “Automotive, industrial and some areas of the consumer market were hit hard by reduced enterprise and consumer spending. However, lockdowns vastly increased work from home and e-learning, and any markets that facilitated those activities benefited.

“Server demand was strong as hyperscale customers, which in 2020 accounted for over 65% of server demand, rushed to add capacity to cope with extra demand during lockdowns in the first half of 2020. Additionally, strong demand for PCs from enterprises and consumers due to increased work and study from home led to strong growth in CPUs, NAND flash and DRAM.”

Intel retained its position as the No. 1 global semiconductor vendor by revenue in 2020, followed by Samsung Electronics, SK hynix and Micron (see Table 1). Intel’s semiconductor revenue grew 3.7%, driven by growth of its core client and server CPU businesses. Despite a slowdown in the overall smartphone market, strong sales of 5G smartphones helped propel semiconductor companies, such as Qualcomm and MediaTek, to strong growth in 2020. The growth of 5G is offsetting the weaker system unit growth with increased semiconductor dollar content, including higher-ASP 5G chipsets and additional RF front-end components and power management ICs.

Table 1. Top 10 Semiconductor Vendors by Revenue, Worldwide, 2020 (Millions of U.S. Dollars)

2020 Rank

2019 Rank

Vendor

2020 Revenue

2020 Market Share (%)

2019 Revenue

2019-2020 Growth (%)

1

1

Intel

70,244

15.6

67,754

3.7

2

2

Samsung Electronics

56,197

12.5

52,191

7.7

3

3

SK hynix

25,271

5.6

22,297

13.3

4

4

Micron Technology

22,098

4.9

20,254

9.1

5

6

Qualcomm

17,906

4.0

13,613

31.5

6

5

Broadcom

15,695

3.5

15,322

2.4

7

7

Texas Instruments

13,074

2.9

13,364

-2.2

8

13

MediaTek

11,008

2.4

7,959

38.3

9

14

KIOXIA

10,208

2.3

7,827

30.4

10

16

Nvidia

10,095

2.2

7,331

37.7

 

 

Others

(outside top 10)

198,042

44.0

191,236

3.6

 

 

Total Market

449,838

100.0

419,148

7.3

Source: Gartner (January 2021)

Memory Accounted for 44% of Revenue Growth

Memory, the best performing device category in 2020, benefited from the increased server build and PC and ultramobile demand from the shift to home working and learning. Worldwide memory revenue increased $13.5 billion in 2020, which accounts for 44% of the overall semiconductor revenue growth in 2020.

Within memory, NAND flash experienced the best performance with revenue growth of 23.9%, reaching $52.8 billion, up $10.2 billion from 2019. Supply was particularly limited in 2020, which caused prices to surge during the first half of 2020, limiting the overall annual price decline to a modest 2% in 2020. While demand was strong from hyperscale customers and PC OEMs, the pandemic impact did result in oversupply conditions during the second half of 2020, which tempered overall annual revenue growth.

Gartner clients can get more information in “Market Share Analysis: Semiconductors, Worldwide, Preliminary 2020.”

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