Qualcomm Becomes Largest Fabless Chipmaker: NVIDIA & AMD at #3 and #5, respectively

According to the latest data from Trendforce, Qualcomm was the largest fabless chipmaker for the third quarter of 2020, with a revenue of $4,967 million, up from $3,611 million in the same period last year, an increase of 37.6%. Broadcom which held the position the last fiscal showed largely flat results, with a revenue of $4,626 million, just 3.1% more than last year’s $4,486.


NVIDIA came in at #3 with the largest quarterly gain among the top-ten chipmakers, going from just $2,737 million in Q3 2019 to $4,261 million in Q3 2020. That’s a YoY increase of 55.7%. The fourth position was held by Mediatek with its Q3 revenue adding to $3,300 million, a solid growth of 53.2% compared to the same fiscal in 2019.

AMD was ranked #5 with the second-highest increase in quarterly revenue (55.5%), going from $1,801 million in the third quarter of 2019 to $2,801 million in Q3 2020. Interestingly, the sixth spot was held by Xilinx, the same company that AMD is set to acquire in the coming months for $35 billion.

Xilinx’s results were negative, showing a drop of 7.9% in the Q3 revenue this year compared to the same quarter in 2019. It’s important to note that the quarterly revenue of the companies in the 6th to 10th spots are nearly a fourth of AMD’s which is #5 ranked and around a seventh compared to the top-ranked Qualcomm.


Computer Engineering dropout (3 years), writer, journalist, and amateur poet. I started my first technology blog, Techquila while in college to address my hardware passion. Although largely successful, it was a classic example of too many people trying out multiple different things but getting nothing done. Left in late 2019 and been working on Hardware Times ever since.

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