According to a new analysis, Apple’s expenditure on semiconductors is expected to be $27 billion this year. The analysis, conducted by IHS iSuppli suggests that the tech giant will remain the biggest chip purchaser in the world this year.
The head of electronics and semiconductor research of iSuppli, Dale Ford, made the prediction regarding Apple’s expenditure at the Technology, Media and Telecommunications Summit of the firm. Dale says that Apple will remain ahead of Samsung by a huge mark till at least 2013 as the biggest semiconductor buyer.
Apple was on the 3rd place in the list of biggest semiconductor buyers in 2009 but by 2010, its ranking increased. According to iSuppli, Apple made an expenditure of $23 billion last year on semiconductors, more than 50 percent made by its closest rival companies. Dale also said that Apple’s spending on microprocessors has also increased over the years, going from $9 billion in 2009, to an expected $27 billion this year. He also said that the spending will increase in the years to come, projecting an expected expenditure of $29 billion in 2013.
On the other hand, Apple’s closest rival in nearly all categories related to technology, Samsung, spent almost $15 billion on semiconductors in 2011. The company is expected to increase its expenditure on chips this year, as it is projected to incur an expenditure of $16 billion this year and another $18 billion in 2013. However, since Samsung is amongst the biggest consumer and supplier of semiconductors globally, its case is unique.
In terms of suppliers, iSuppli revealed that the biggest chipmaker in the world remains Intel, with a 15 percent share in the market of semiconductors. Samsung is also not too far behind Intel, with a reported market share of 9 percent.
However, iSuppli’s figures differ from Gartner’s. Gartner posted its figures earlier this year and reported that the gap between Apple and Samsung isn’t evident, as according to Gartner, Samsung spent $16.7 billion on chips last year and Apple spent $17 billion in the same year.