Intel Ranked Top Semi Company in Q2 2021 (by Revenue), NVIDIA Ranks #7 as GPU Sales Boom, TSMC Leads Pure-play Foundries

Figures from Counterpoint Research indicate that Intel was the leading semiconductor company for the second quarter of 2021, followed by Samsung, SK Hynix, and Micron. The Santa Clara-based chipmaker accounted for 17.7% of all semiconductor devices sold during the quarter, with Samsung accounting for 14% and SK Hynix with its memory business holding a share of 6.2%.

Intel gained market share, on account, of growing notebook and server sales during the post-pandemic period, something that should slow down in the coming quarters. Meanwhile, NVIDIA grabbed the seventh spot as GPU sales (both gaming and crypto) reached an all-time high in the second quarter. Shipments of the A100 Tensor Core accelerator were also healthy in the first half of the year despite severe shortages. Overall, the top 7 semi companies account for 55% of the overall chip share. 

In the pure-play foundry segment, TSMC remained unchallenged, being the defacto option for fabless chipmakers. Samsung came in second with a share of just 14%. UMC, SMIC, and Global Foundries remained largely stagnant due to US sanctions and tightness in the supply chain. TSMC and Samsung together accounted for a whopping 72% of the overall pure-play foundry business.


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