Gartner: worldwide semiconductor revenue grew 22.2% in 2017

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Worldwide semiconductor revenue totalled $419.7 billion in 2017, a 22.2 percent increase from 2016, according to preliminary results by Gartner. Undersupply helped drive 64 percent revenue growth in the memory market, which accounted for 31 percent of total semiconductor revenue in 2017. “The largest memory supplier, Samsung Electronics, gained the most market share and took the No. 1 position from Intel (the first time Intel has been toppled since 1992) – said Andrew Norwood, research vice president at Gartner -. Memory accounted for more than two-thirds of all semiconductor revenue growth in 2017, and became the largest semiconductor category”. According to Gartner, the key driver behind the booming memory revenue was higher prices due to a supply shortage. NAND flash prices increased year over year for the first time ever, up 17 percent, while DRAM prices rose 44 percent.

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