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Samsung's Chip Sales Leadership May be Fleeting

SAN FRANCISCO , Apr. 25, 2018 – Samsung Electronics' well-chronicled rise to the top of the heap in semiconductor sales last year, dethroning Intel after a quarter century, may be short lived, analysts say.

Samsung's sold $59.9 billion worth of chips in 2017, more than $1 billion more than second place Intel. But with the booming memory market bound to come back down to earth, Samsung could find itself back in the familiar position of playing second fiddle to Intel very soon.

Market research firm Gartner said Tuesday (April 24) that the memory market boom that has propelled Samsung – as well as the broader semiconductor industry – to new heights over the past two years could turn sour as soon as late next year. When it does, Samsung's reign as the top chip supplier is more than likely to end, Gartner (Stamford, Conn.) said.

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