Samsung’s chip sales increased 6 percent on-year in the January-March period to US$9.33 billion, the data compiled by industry tracker IC Insights showed. In contrast, Intel’s semiconductor shipment remained nearly unchanged at $11.63 billion over the cited period.
SK hynix, which ranked sixth for all of 2014, climbed one notch in the first quarter of the year with sales of $4.3 billion, up 25 percent from a year earlier. Its rival U.S. Micron Technology slipped one step as its sales only inched up 1 percent on-year to $4.07 billion.
“With Qualcomm’s sales hitting a soft patch and SK hynix continuing to increase its share in the memory market, IC Insights believes that the company could move past Qualcomm into the fourth spot when the full-year sales totals for this year are tallied,” IC Insights said.
Texas Instruments came in seventh with $2.9 billion in sales, followed by Japan’s Toshiba with $2.75 billion and U.S.-based Broadcom with $2.05 billion won. Taiwan’s MediaTek posted $1.7 billion in sales.