Global Semiconductor Sales

Global Semiconductor Sales

Proof Point

Global semiconductor sales reached $412 billion for first time in 2017, from $256 billion in 2008, growing 5.4% annually

Global Semiconductor Sales

2008 – 2017 (US$ billions)

Proof Point Findings

  • Semiconductor – Electronic device (e.g. a transistor, diode, or integrated circuit) manufactured from semiconductor materials, acting as electrical conductor or insulator depending on chemical alterations or external conditions
  • Exceeded $400 Billion in 2017 – Sales of semiconductors worldwide grew 5.4% annually between 2008 and 2017, from $256 billion to $412 billion in 2017
  • Samsung vs. Intel – Samsung became largest supplier of semiconductors for first time in 2017, with $61.2 billion in sales, largely due to industry lead in memory silicon, bypassing Intel with $57.7 billion
  • Key Drivers – Include increasing memory prices, accelerating growth in cryptocurrency, rising adoption of graphics processing units (GPUs) by data centers and cloud companies for artificial intelligence tasks, growing e-sports popularity, as well as expanded developments in drones, autonomous vehicles, 5G, and augmented/virtual reality



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Date Last Updated

May 4, 2018

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