Huawei Ranks Top 3 of World’s Semiconductor Chip buyers: Gartner
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Huawei, along with three Chinese original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), ranked in the top 10 of OEMs Increased Semiconductor Buying Power listed by Gartner, the world’s leading research and advisory company and a member of the S&P 500.

Gartner releases its semiconductor buyers’ ranking in order to reveal the market change of PC and smartphone sectors, which have a “significant impact on the ranking,” according to its website.

Four Chinese OEMs – Huawei, Lenovo, BBK Electronics and Xiaomi – ranked in the top 10 in 2018, up from three in 2017. In the meantime, Samsung Electronics and Apple remained the top two semiconductor chip buyers, representing 17.9 percent of the total worldwide market. Huawei increased its chip spending by 45 percent, jumping in front of Dell and Lenovo to the third spot, according to the report.

Gartner estimated that Huawei has spent over USD 21 billion on buying semiconductor chip, comparing to around USD 14 billion in 2017, and owns 4.4% market share worldwide.

Key points of view of Gartner’s:

  • The continued market consolidation in the PC and smartphone markets had a significant impact on the semiconductor buyers’ ranking. The big Chinese smartphone OEMs, in particular, have increased their market domination by taking out or purchasing competitors. As a result, semiconductor spending by the top 10 OEMs increased significantly, and their share reached 40.2 percent of the total semiconductor market in 2018, up from 39.4 percent in 2017. This trend is expected to continue, which will make it harder for semiconductor vendors to maintain high margins.
  • Another factor impacting the market was memory prices. While the DRAM average selling price (ASP) has been high in the past two years, it is now declining. However, the impact is limited, as OEMs will increase their memory content when the ASP declines and also invest in premium models. Gartner predicts that the share of total memory chip revenue in the total semiconductor market will be 33 percent in 2019 and 34 percent in 2020, higher than its 31 percent share in 2017.

“With the top 10 semiconductor chip buyers commanding an increasing share of the market, technology product marketers at chip vendors must allocate a majority of their resources to their top 10 potential customers,” said Masatsune Yamaji, senior principal analyst at Gartner. “It is crucial that they take advantage of the open budget that is available due to the weakening memory ASPs and encourage customers to use advanced chips or increase memory content.”

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