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Trendforce names Nvidia and AMD top IC growers

by on30 March 2021

Beating Qualcomm, Broadcom and MediaTek

TrendForce has named AMD and Nvidia as the most substantial growing IC design companies beating competition from Qualcomm, Broadcom and MediaTek.

While Qualcomm and Broadcom took the first and second spots when it came to the Top 10 IC design companies in 2020, third place Nvidia was the leader in year-on-year growth. Team green generated $15.4 billion last year, 52.2 percent increase compared to 2019. The company's acquisition of Mellanox boosted its data centre solutions, which generated nearly $6.4 billion in revenue.

AMD was fifth, and the company's $9.7 billion of revenue marked a 45 percent jump over the previous year. Its 7nm CPUs for both consumers and enterprise use continued to erode Intel's market share.

To be fair, that is not difficult when demand is surpassing supply. Getting your paws on the product is proving difficult throughout the pandemic. Cards like Nvidia's RTX 3080 or AMD's RX 6800 XT are rarer than a white-rumped vulture. Then you have to factor in a DRAM shortage.

Intel is even dealing with the supply crisis by announcing two new fabs to expand its Octollio campus in Arizona, with plans to offer wafer capacity to AMD and Nvidia.

TrendForce notes "the shortage of foundry capacities is expected to persist throughout the year", so we can expect all this to continue.

Broadcom was top dog in 2019, but according to TrendForce, the sudden demand for network devices, along with Apple's decision to adopt Qualcomm's baseband processors once again, helped the Snapdragon maker take the number one position with a revenue of $19.4 billion, up 33.7 percent.


Last modified on 30 March 2021
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