On August 21, IC Insights released interesting data that showed the global memory market fell sharply in 2019. In the first half of the year, the semiconductor industry’s output value was $148.72 billion, a year-on-year drop of 18%. Among them, Intel won first place with a revenue of $32.038 billion.
Intel has maintained the position of the world’s largest semiconductor manufacturer for 25 years and then surpassed Samsung in 2017-2018. The latest data shows that in the first half of 2019, Intel surpassed Samsung and returned to the throne.
The report also shows that Intel ranked first in the first half of this year with a revenue of $32.038 billion, but still fell 2% compared to the same period last year.
Samsung ranked second with a revenue of $26.671 billion, down 33% from last year’s revenue of $39.78 billion.
TSMC’s revenue for the first half of the year was $14.845 billion, rising from the fourth place last year to the third.
SK hynix ranked third last year. It was overtaken by TSMC this year and slipped to the fourth place. The revenue for the first half of this year was $11.558 billion, down 35% year-on-year.
Micron ranked fifth with a revenue of $10.175 billion, which is unchanged from the same period last year.
It is worth mentioning that Sony benefited from the image sensor business. Its revenue was $3.845 billion, increased by 13% compared with the same period last year. This helped the company to climb from 19th place to the 14th position. This is also the only growth of the top 15 companies.