Intel remained the top earner with US$70 billion, followed by Samsung and SK hynix. About 44% of the revenue growth in 2020 came from the sale of memory.
“In early 2020, the expectation was that COVID-19 would have a negative impact across all end equipment markets, but the actual effect was more nuanced,” said Andrew Norwood, research vice-president at Gartner.
“Automotive, industrial and some areas of the consumer market were hit hard by reduced enterprise and consumer spending. However, lockdowns vastly increased work from home and e-learning, and any markets that facilitated those activities benefitted.
"Additionally, strong demand for PCs from enterprises and consumers due to increased work and study from home led to strong growth in CPUs, NAND flash and DRAM.”
Semiconductor firms like Qualcomm and MediaTek also experienced growth due to the increased sales of 5G smartphones.