Intel is no longer the world s largest chipmaker after the latest quarterly earnings call. Intel has been the leader in chipsets for 24 years now, ever since it entered the industry with Pentium CPU in 1993. As reported earlier, Intel was beaten by South Korean giant Samsung. In its second quarterly earnings call of this year, Intel reported a strong $14.8 billion in revenue. But Samsung s chip division itself posted an almost $16 billion in revenue. While this doesn t necessarily mean any loss for Intel, it does pose a threat to the company, which retained the crown for over two decades now. Also Read - Samsung now lets you make an appointment to shop at its stores, book demo via WhatsAppAlso Read - Galaxy S21 FE flaunts itself again on benchmark, reveals RAM for high-end Samsung model
Intel did meet predictions made by analysts of reporting $14.41 billion in revenue, but at the same time Samsung s takeover was also according to expectations. Ever since May this year, there had been reports of Samsung possibly taking Intel s crown, and the predictions became stronger as the former s sales started increasing rapidly. The common explanation suggested for this shift in the leader board is the platforms both companies supply chipsets to. Intel’s chipsets are primarily in PCs, and data centers, but the market for both have been reported to slow down.
Samsung‘s chipsets, on the other hand, are mostly consumed by the smartphone market which is booming right now. Samsung s memory chips are used for its own smartphones as well as for other companies, and the demands are only increasing. Samsung s reign in the chip maker platform is also expected to last the entire year, and not just the present quarter, as predicted by Nomura. Things could change for Intel though, as it is exploring different sectors of the market which include artificial intelligence, Internet of Things (IoT), and autonomous driving technology. ALSO READ: Intel s new SSD 545s brings affordable storage solution with improved performance
Intel is currently in the process of acquiring Israel-based company, Mobileye for $15.3 billion, and the deal is expected to finalize by the end of this year. Mobileye is known to provide technology for powering autonomous vehicles. This acquisition would further boost Intel s plans of stepping into the autonomous vehicles segment. ALSO READ: Intel to acquire Mobileye for $15 billion in a bid to boost its autonomous car ambitions