Intel’s market share surges to 10-year high

By on March 26, 2012 at 10:05 PM.

Intel’s market share surges to 10-year high

Intel in 2011 achieved its highest annual market share in more than 10 years, according to market research firm IHS iSuppli. The chipmaker’s market share increased 2.5 points to 15.6% from 13.1% in 2010. In the same year, the company’s revenue jumped 20.6%, outpacing nearly every other semiconductor supplier in the top-20 with the exception of Qualcomm. The jump represents the highest share Intel has attained since 2001, when the company reached a 14.9% market share. “Intel in 2011 captured the headlines with its major surge in growth,” said Dale Ford, head of electronics and semiconductor research for IHS. “The company’s rise was spurred by soaring demand for its PC-oriented microprocessors, and for its NAND flash memory used in consumer and wireless products. Intel’s revenue also was boosted by its acquisition of Infineon’s wireless business unit. The company’s strong rise helped it to stave off the rising challenge mounted by No. 2 semiconductor supplier Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., which had been whittling away at Intel’s lead in recent years.” More →

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Kindle Fire to be second hottest tablet behind iPad in Q4

By on December 2, 2011 at 4:05 PM.

Kindle Fire to be second hottest tablet behind iPad in Q4

Amazon’s Kindle Fire will be the second most popular tablet in the world this quarter according to new projections published on Friday by market research firm IHS iSuppli. An earlier report on Friday suggested Kindle Fire usage might already be in decline, but iSuppi says Amazon is in store for a solid fourth quarter. Apple’s iPad will maintain its huge lead in the tablet space as Apple ships 18.6 million units globally this quarter according to the firm. Though trailing by a significant margin, the Kindle Fire will be the second best-selling tablet despite only shipping for half the quarter. ISuppli sees Amazon shipping 3.9 million tablets this quarter to take 13.8% of the global market. Read on for more. More →

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Teardown reveals $199 Kindle Fire costs $201.70 to build

By on November 18, 2011 at 10:45 PM.

Teardown reveals $199 Kindle Fire costs $201.70 to build

A recent teardown of Amazon’s new Kindle Fire tablet reveals that the company is likely selling its new Android-powered slate at a loss. Market research and intelligence firm IHS iSuppli on Friday published its findings after disassembling the new Amazon Kindle Fire tablet and examining its components. Following its analysis, the firm determined that Amazon’s Build of Materials cost is $185.60, and its total cost including manufacturing-related fees is $201.70 per Kindle Fire. Prior to obtaining and disassembling the tablet, IHS had estimated its parts and manufacturing costs to be $209.63 per unit combined. Read on for more. More →

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