The chipset industry is getting some serious heads-up as the demands increases thanks to the ever growing number of yearly sales of smartphones. According to a research firm with the name Counterpoint Research which released a data just this past week made it known that the revenue of the chip makers is on the increase by a whooping 12% allowing it to reach about US$92 billion from the previous year’s US$82 billion.
According to the research firm, TSMC is expected to grow between 13% to 16% this year while Samsung is expected to grow by 20% as both companies have been able to make the cutting-edge chips which make use of the 5nm and 7nm process nodes the former which has started shipping since 2020.
According to the Counterpoint Research’s prediction, the next-gen A15 Bionic and the M1 chip are expected to become TSMC’s largest 5nm customers this year which could account for as much as 53% of its production. The 5nm chips will therefore account for about 5% of 1-inch wafers which is in fact less than 1% compared to the previous year.
Counterpoint Research further believes that Qualcomm make up for 24% of the TSMC’s 5nm chip production since Apple is expected to use Qualcomm’s 5nm Snapdragon 5G X60 modem when the Cupertino-based tech titan starts the production of its next-gen iPhone 13 series later on this year.
From predictions, TSMC and Samsung’s 5nm equipment will have 90% bookings in 2021, and the former’s total 5nm business revenue this year will reach $10 billion.
TSMC AND SAMSUNG WILL GET MOST OF THE ORDERS
7nm chips are the most used in smartphones compared to the 5nm chips as only 35% with Counterpoint Research predicting that the 7nm chipsets will make up for 11% of 12-inch wafer that will be used this year and if you think about it, both Samsung and TSMC make a variety of the 7nm chips already.
AMD has been one of TSMC’s biggest customer this year according to the research firm’s data which make up for about 27% of fits output while NVIDIA took the next sit with 21% while MediaTek sits at the third position with a 10% hold of its production.
There is still Intel which took the fourth position with 7% and so Apple could take hold of 6% of the 7nm production this year as some of its older devices would require the 7nm chipset while the company will take the largest production share in the making of the 5nm chipset for the forth-coming iPhone 13 and other Apple devices coming.