Samsung Might Become the King of Semiconductor Manufacturers in Q2, 2017
Samsung might not have performed well financially as far as its smartphone business goes, but its varied semiconductor business that ranges from 10nm FinFET LPP silicon to DRAM and NAND flash chips has allowed the tech giant to scale new heights of the semiconductor business. The latest forecast details the dethroning process of Intel from the semiconductor business throne and Samsung looks to become the new king of this segment.
Latest Statistics Reveal That Samsung’s Increase in Sales for DRAM and NAND Flash Will Help it to Claim the Number One Spot in the Semiconductor Business
Samsung becoming the biggest semiconductor manufacturer in the world relies on several factors. For starters, if memory prices continue to increase through the second quarter of this year, the Korean tech giant could displace Intel, which to remind you has held the number one spot since the year 1993. Samsung’s latest financials for Q1 2017 show that the company had the second-best-performing quarter ever, with analysts claiming that had the firm garnered additional smartphone sales, the quarter could have improved significantly.
According to IC Insights, Samsung has managed to gain leverage through DRAM and NAND flash sales as demand continues to aid the company’s growth.
“Samsung’s big increase in sales has been driven by an amazing rise in DRAM and NAND flash average selling prices. IC Insights expects that the tremendous gains in DRAM and NAND flash pricing experienced through 2016 and into the first quarter of 2017 will begin to cool in the second half of the year, but there remains solid upside potential to IC Insights’ current forecast of 39% growth for the 2017 DRAM market and 25% growth in the NAND flash market.”
However, different analysts warn of a darker cloud approaching Samsung’s way, claiming that the company’s growth percentage is expected to increase by only single digits next year. This is due to the balance of supply and demand for DRAM and NAND flash but that does not mean Samsung will not capitalize on its AMOLED panel business, which sees continued growth as more and more manufacturers are gravitating to this technology.
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