31 Jan '18, 10pm
EE Times: Samsung, Apple Pad Lead in Chip Buying #semiconductor
SAN FRANCISCO — Samsung Electronics and Apple were the top two buyers of semiconductors for the seventh consecutive year in 2017, distancing themselves further from the pack. The two electronics powerhouse spent a combined $81.8 billion on chips last year, representing 19.5 percent of the global total, according to Gartner Inc. The pair has topped the list each year since 2011. The combined total of $81.8 billion spent on chips by Apple and Samsung represented an increase of more than $20 billion compared with 2016, Gartner noted. "Samsung Electronics and Apple not only retained their respective No. 1 and No. 2 positions, they also radically increased their share of semiconductor spending through 2017," said Masatsune Yamaji, principal research analyst at Gartner, in a press statement. Eight of the top 10 chip buyers from 2016 remained in 2017, Gartner said. The top five c...