semiconductors

New COVID-19 Surge in Asia Now Affecting Global Chip Supply Chain

A recent report from The Wall Street Journal documents rampant COVID-19 outbreaks across Asia, and how they are not only delaying global shipping but also worsening an already bad shortage of semiconductors across the world. As economies across the planet make their way to recovery, a COVID-19 outbreak at one of the world's busiest freight ports...

Apple, Samsung Spent $61.7 Billion on Semiconductors Last Year

According to the latest figures from Gartner, Apple and Samsung spent $61.7 billion on semiconductors last year, contributing 18.2% to the global chip market. Samsung led the market in 2016, spending $31.67 billion last year, with Apple falling to second place. The South Korean company grew its semiconductor design total available market (TAM) with a 9.3% share (via ZDNet). Apple spent...

FTC Accuses Qualcomm of Forcing Apple to Use its Baseband Processors

On Tuesday, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission launched a lawsuit against Qualcomm, accusing the company of forcing Apple into an exclusive deal to buy its baseband processors. When Apple was looking to lower the patent royalties it was paying Qualcomm, the semiconductor manufacturer said that in order to do that Apple must buy Qualcomm chips exclusively...

Apple’s Semiconductor Spending Rises 10% in 2014: Gartner

Apple’s semiconductor orders have shown a 10% growth in 2014 in comparison to the previous year, reports Gartner. By ordering $25.8 billion worth of semiconductors, Apple now ranks as the second biggest semiconductor buyer, right after Samsung, which topped Gartner’s list of “Top 10 Companies by Semiconductor Design TAM” (tam = total available market). Between...

Apple Tops OEM Semiconductor Spending for 2013

The world's largest buyers of semiconductor chips in 2013 may sound familiar to anyone involved in the tech world. Yeah, you guessed right: Apple and Samsung – the fiercest rivals spend the most. In fact, the two combined account for about 14% of total spending in 2013, reports IHS. Looking back to 2013, IHS Suppli...