Semiconductors have unique properties and can act as either insulator or conductor, based on environmental factors. AI and IoT have accelerated a new wave of innovation in the semiconductor industry. As the new age of AI, IoT, and 5G comes in, semiconductor companies also have gained public interest and investors alike. They have empowered the global economy in all forms by manufacturing tiny advanced technology products called semiconductors.
Semiconductors are made of semiconductive materials such as silicon, silicon carbide, germanium, or gallium arsenide for creating and maintaining an ideal flow rate. Based on the functionality, you will find semiconductor companies trading in 4 common categories worldwide: memory chips, standard chips, microprocessors, and SoCs (complex systems on a chip).
Semiconductors are distinct electronic components used in computing devices, medical equipment, optical sensors, defense systems, game applications, etc. They are flexible in handling voltage and current flow while integrating well into the compound but ready-to-use ICs. The top-performing semiconductor companies follow sophisticated processes to meet the global market needs with high-quality components.
Semiconductor Industry – Growth Scenario
Even after going down 12.1% in 2019 sales from the previous year, SIA sees the semiconductor companies bounce back with a 4.7-5% CAGR till 2027. This is huge in terms of global market share as semiconductor companies will attain the 726.73 billion USD mark by the end of 2027.
According to Gartner, worldwide semiconductor revenue grew by 26% in 2021 from the previous year. Total semiconductor revenue reached $595 billion in 2021. Are you excited to learn who the major semiconductor companies and revenue earners in the world are? Before that, you should understand that the ranking of semiconductor companies changes based on their revenue figures every year.
To bring you the ranking of the top 10 ranking semiconductor companies worldwide, their latest revenue earnings were considered. This will help you decide how big each of these companies is in terms of investment and market capturing. Let’s start with the list of the top 10 semiconductor companies in 2021 then:
1. Samsung Electronics
Samsung is a top tech brand headquartered in South Korea. It is also known in the industry for designing and producing leading varieties of semiconductors such as flash, DRAM, SRAM, MCP, system LSI, graphics memory, TFT LCD modules, mask ROM, etc. Samsung Electronics is the world’s number one semiconductor company in 2021 with a revenue of 73197 million US dollars. Samsung Electronics regained the top spot from Intel for the first time since 2018.
2020 Revenue: $57,181 million
2021 Revenue: $73,197 million
Total Market share (2021): 12.3%
Growth percentage: 28%
The California-based device manufacturing company is engaged in silicon innovation and development. Intel was founded in July 1968 by American engineers Robert Noyce and Gordon Moore. Motherboard chipsets, semiconductors, non-volatile memory solutions, network interface controllers, and ICs are included in its product list. Last month, in march 2022, Intel announced an initial investment of over €33 billion for R&D and Manufacturing in Europe. In 2021 Intel’s revenue slightly comes down in comparison to 2020 revenue.
2020 Revenue: $72,759 million
2021 Revenue: $72,536 million
Total Market share (2021): 12.2%
Growth percentage: -0.3%
3. SK Hynix
SK Hynix is a South Korean manufacturer and supplier of system and memory chips ( flash memory and DRAM chips).
2020 Revenue: $25,854 million
2021 Revenue: $36,352 million
Total Market share (2021): 6.1%
Growth percentage: 40.6%
4. Micron Technology
A leading name in the USA semiconductor industry, this tech brand offers a wide variety of memory solutions ranging from NAND memory flash and 3D XPoint to DRAM memory chips.
2020 Revenue: $21,780 million
2021 Revenue: $28,624 million
Total Market share (2021): 4.8%
Growth percentage: 31.4%
The American multinational company ranked 5th in the list of top semiconductor companies worldwide for manufacturing and distributing wireless semiconductors and data transfer chips.
2020 Revenue: $17,664 million
2021 Revenue: $27,093 million
Total Market share (2021): 4.6%
Growth percentage: 53.4%
6. Broadcom Corporation
This US tech-house is involved in the production and supply of analog semiconductors, optical sensors, and infrastructure software systems.
2020 Revenue: $15,754 million
2021 Revenue: $18,793 million
Total Market share (2021): 3.2%
Growth percentage: 19.3%
It is a Taiwan Semiconductor Company listed 7th down the position in the global market for chipset sales and manufacturing.
2020 Revenue: $10,988 million
2021 Revenue: $17,617 million
Total Market share (2021): 3.0%
Growth percentage: 60.2%
8. Texas Instruments Inc
American designer, producer, and supplier of embedded and analog semiconductors for digital signal/light processors, ICs, calculators, and enterprise solutions.
2020 Revenue: $13,619 million
2021 Revenue: $17,272 million
Total Market share (2021): 2.9%
Growth percentage: 26.8%
9. Nvidia Corporation
The American manufacturer is included in the 9th position for an exclusive offer like SoCs and GPUS for use in highly advanced microprocessors.
2020 Revenue: $10,643 million
2021 Revenue: $16,815 million
Total Market share (2021): 2.8%
Growth percentage: 58%
The last on the list is AMD, a multinational brand producing quality graphics processors, flash memories, motherboard chipsets, and more for consumers.
2020 Revenue: $9,665 million
2021 Revenue: $16,299 million
Total Market share (2021): 2.7%
Growth percentage: 68.6%
Hopefully, you have got a fair idea of the top 10 performing semiconductor companies all over the world with their respective market share. These details will certainly guide you in your future investment decisions.