SamsungㆍSK Hynix to have changed worldwide semiconductor business in past 10 years
Park Jung Il | comja77@ | 2018-04-16 11:14:17

Samsung Electronics and SK Hynix have changed the topography of the global semiconductor industry in recent decades. Japan`s market share, which accounted for half of the market in the 1990s, dropped to a single digit.

The semiconductor market has been centered on top-tier companies, and the proportion of memory semiconductors has increased since moving from the PC era to the mobile era. As a result, Samsung Electronics, SK Hynix and others have sold a memory semiconductor well, which is the number of Gods who have made a strong position in the semiconductor industry.

According to a recent report by IC Insights, market share of semiconductor leaders in the past 10 years, the top 5 semiconductor market share (excluding foundry) in the world last year was 43%, down from 33% Compared to the previous year. Market researchers said that Samsung Electronics topped the global market share for the first time last year after defeating Intel, while SK Hynix also jumped to the top of the rankings from 5th to 3rd.

By increasing the range to the top 50, their semiconductor market share last year was 88%, up 12 percentage points from 76% a decade ago. "The merger is expected to continue over the next few years," said the report.

The global semiconductor market has doubled from USD 278.1 billion in 2007 to USD 447.7 billion last year. The market has grown rapidly as semiconductor demand, which is centered on PCs, has spread to mobile and other IT and consumer electronics products.

The topographic map of the semiconductor industry has also changed a lot. The share of Japanese companies, which accounted for 49% of the market in 1990, plummeted to 7% last year. "Japan`s major semiconductor companies such as NEC, Hitachi, Mitsubishi and Matsushita disappeared from the top list," the report said. "If the Toshiba memory division is sold off, Japanese companies will have a smaller share of the semiconductor market."

On the other hand, the share of Asian countries represented by Korea increased from 4% to 38% in the same period. The growth of the memory semiconductor market led by Korean companies seems to have played a major role. The US increased its share from 38% to 49%.

According to market researcher IHS Markits, the market for NAND flash rapidly increased from USD 800 million in 2001 to USD 53.9 billion last year, though the market did not form in the 1990s. DRAM also doubled from USD 20.7 billion in 1999 to USD 73.5 billion in 2017. Samsung Electronics has maintained its top position in the memory semiconductor market since the 1980s, while SK Hynix has also suffered from mergers and divestitures.

An industry expert said, "Although the memory market was not recognized until the 1990s, the smartphone market, the Internet (IoT) and the big data era have opened, and now we are leading the market." "As the fall of the semiconductor market can come to us, we must read the future semiconductor market trend and lead the market."

By Park Jung Il comja77@

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