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Samsung gaining ground on Intel

Samsung Electronics has narrowed the gap with market leader Intel in the global semiconductors business, maintaining a double-digit market share for two years, according to IHS iSuppli.

The market data tracker said Samsung sold $33.8 billion in semiconductors last year, up 8.2 percent from $31.3 billion a year earlier. Its market share also rose from 10.3 percent in 2012 to 10.6 percent last year. Samsung’s global market share rose from 6.5 percent in 2008 to 9.2 percent in 2011.

Intel, on the other hand, has been on a downward trend, with semiconductor sales going from $47.4 billion in 2012 to $47 billion last year. The U.S. company’s market share fell from 15.6 percent to 14.8 percent.

Local analysts say Samsung is closing in on Intel thanks to an increase in demand for Samsung’s strategic mobile products, such as mobile DRAM, NAND Flash, mobile application processors and image sensors.

In the memory-chip market, Samsung’s leading share edged down from 35.4 percent in 2012 to 33.1 percent last year, although its revenue in the sector jumped 15.7 percent to $21.7 billion during that time span.

SK Hynix (19.1 percent) lost its runner-up position in memory chips to Micron Technology (21.6 percent). In overall semiconductor business, SK Hynix jumped from No. 7 to No. 5 with a 4 percent market share last year.

Samsung retained its No. 4 position in system semiconductors with a 4.7 percent market share, following Intel at 20.1 percent, Qualcomm at 7.6 percent and Texas Instruments at 4.8 percent.

BY MOON GWANG-LIP [joe@joongang.co.kr]

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