Which is the world's largest processor

These are the 10 largest chip manufacturers in the world

Semiconductors have long been a billion-dollar business, but the world's leading chip manufacturers are struggling with a paradigm shift: Users have long since stopped relying on stationary desktop computers, in particular, on them mobile devices (Smartphones, tablets). This has consequences for the globally operating chip manufacturers.

The semiconductor market slumped by 12 percent in 2019 compared to the previous year. Is against the trend Apple has grown strongly and is now in 10th place.

10. Apple (revenue: $ 8.57 billion)

Apple will probably in the future with the Apple silicon equipped Macs do not use graphics chips from third-party manufacturers such as AMD or Nvidia. The top company was able to fight its way to rank 10 among the world's largest chip manufacturers in 2019. The company did not suffer a loss, but enjoyed growth of no less than 12.1 percent.

9. NXP Semiconductors (Revenue: $ 8.76 billion)

The Dutch semiconductor manufacturer NXP offers semiconductors and system solutions for the automotive market, for televisions, set-top boxes, mobile phones as well as security solutions for bank cards, electronic ID cards, passports and health cards. Chips with MIFARE technology are used in numerous traffic systems and event centers around the world. After taking over Freescale NXP is the largest semiconductor manufacturer in Europe. In 2019, the company landed in 9th place in the global ranking with a minus of 3 percent.

8.STMicroelectronics (Revenue: $ 9.45 billion)

The Geneva-based chip manufacturer STMicroelectronics was only a few years ago Europe's leading semiconductor company. The Swiss group has now slipped to 8th place in the ranking. The reason: The company has been struggling with growth problems for some time. With a minus of 1.3 percent (9.5 billion US dollars), STMicroelectronics got off relatively lightly in 2019.

7. Texas Instruments (Revenue: $ 13.3 billion)

The Dallas-based semiconductor company Texas Instruments (TI) is one of the largest mobile chip manufacturers as well as of so-called digital signal processors (DSP) and analog semiconductors. TI also offers digital light processing chips (DLP) that are used in projectors, for example. The company is currently in 7th place in the global ranking with sales of 13.3 billion US dollars in 2019.

6. Qualcomm (revenue: $ 13.61 billion)

San Diego-based Qualcomm is currently number 6 in the global ranking of the largest chip manufacturers. Since Qualcomm supplies leading smartphone manufacturers such as Samsung, HTC, Sony and LG with its Snapdragon chips, the American chip manufacturer has recently faced headwinds to fight. By taking over Atheros Communications Qualcomm also advanced to become the leading provider of WLAN chips. The company suffered from the trade war in 2019, with sales plummeting 11.5 percent to $ 13.6 billion.

5. Broadcom (revenue: $ 15.32 billion)

It was the largest ever merger in the chip industry: the US chip manufacturer Avago has the rival Broadcom Acquired in 2015 for $ 37 billion. Particularly lucrative for Avago: Broadcom, as a broadband chip specialist, supplies industry giants such as Apple and Samsung. In 2019, companies that were not exposed to the strong cycles of the memory IC market suffered less severe declines. Yet they were painful. Broadcom, the worldwide number 5 with a turnover of 15.3 billion dollars, had to accept a minus of 5.8 percent.

4. Micron Technology (Revenue: $ 20.25 billion)

Micron Technology, founded in Boise (Idaho) in 1978, is the fourth largest manufacturer of memory chips (DRAM and NAND memory) after Apple, Samsung and SK Hynix. Micron had used the consolidation in the semiconductor industry in recent years for acquisitions and took over the memory chip specialists Elpida and Inotera Memories. For Americans, sales fell 31.9 percent in 2019 to just under 20.3 billion US dollars.

3. SK Hynix (Revenue: $ 22.3 billion)

South Korea-based SK Hynix went through the merger of in 2011 SK Telecom and the Korean memory chip manufacturer Hynix Semiconductor emerge. The Koreans supply Apple, among others, with their memory chips. SK Hynix plans to invest $ 38 billion in new equipment and chip factories over the next ten years. The storage specialist's sales slumped by 38.5 percent in 2019, which was still enough for third place.

2. Samsung Electronics (revenue: $ 52.19 billion)

Samsung Electronics applies with its division Samsung Semiconductor as the world's largest manufacturer of memory chips (DRAM and NAND memories). Mobile chips (Samsung Exynos series) are not used in their own smartphone products, but also in telephones from other manufacturers (Meizu, Lenovo). Samsung chips can also be found in data centers and smart TVs. Samsung sees a great future in the development of 3D NAND memories. In 2019, Samsung crashed by 29.2 percent, but still lands in second place with sales of a good 52 billion US dollars.

1. Intel (Revenue: $ 67.75 billion)

The semiconductor specialist Intel, founded in 1968, is once again at the top of the top 10 of the world's largest chip manufacturers. In 2018, Samsung ousted Intel from 1st place because the memory ICs had enjoyed a previously unknown upswing of several years. In the past year Intel could look forward to a growth of 2.2 percent. No company has shaped the chip industry as strongly in the past few decades as Intel.

However, Intel's growth story recently got significant scratches after Intel had slept through the trend towards mobile chips and had to give way to competitors such as ARM Holdings and Qualcomm. With the acquisition of Altera, Intel recently completed the largest company acquisition in the company's history.

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