Small Cheap Computers Eat Legacy PCs For Lunch Any Way You Measure It

“Samsung Electronics and Apple remained the top semiconductor buyers in 2013, increasing their combined semiconductor demand by 17 per cent, according to Gartner, Inc. Samsung Electronics and Apple together consumed $53.7 billion of semiconductors in 2013, an increase of $7.7 billion from 2012” Recently, apologists for Wintel have been arguing that real people need really powerful computers and must use Wintel. That’s false of course, because most PCs are idling but here’s another way to “weigh” the matter: total cost of semiconductors… There’s a reason Samsung and Apple top the list. They are shipping the semiconductors in small cheap (?) computers by the shipload and are growing rapidly while Wintel is shipping less and hating it.

All that silicon is going into flipping bits so whether or not some particular chip has more MIPS, */Linux on ARM and iOS on ARM are flipping more bits… If you must include clockspeeds, if this is not true today it will be sooner rather than later. If the apologists are right about some individuals, they clearly don’t understand the world.

See Samsung Retains Position as the Top Global Semiconductor Customer in 2013, According to Gartner.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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5 Responses to Small Cheap Computers Eat Legacy PCs For Lunch Any Way You Measure It

  1. ram says:

    You guys might be right. Check out the following news article:

    http://www.electronicsnews.com.au/news/apple-and-samsung-remained-largest-buyers-of-semic

    Actually, Samsung is even bigger, since the Samsung itself is an semiconductor manufacturer and its internal sales are NOT included in the statistics (only external sales).

    Since Peltier Effect chips are semiconducters, if Samsung is using them in solid state refrigerators, then Samsung would become the overwhelmingly largest user of semiconductors.

    Has nothing to do with computer, but is interesting none-the-less.

  2. dougman wrote, “Apple locking up the market at the time.”

    Yep. “Exclusive dealing” works for monopolists in hardware or software. Apple now has so much cash they can get huge suppliers to commit to very strange deals. They may not even have to pay a premium. A guarantee of $X looks good to worried suppliers scraping by on tiny margins.

  3. dougman says:

    2-3 years ago there was a company I contracted with for power quality measurement devices, they specifically told me that they were experiencing delays from obtaining memory due to Apple locking up the market at the time.

  4. Samsung is huge. I just received a new refrigerator and stove from them… They are using the same technology used in the smart thingies there as well. No more push-buttons. It’s all touch-screens. The only moving parts on the stove are a fan to cool the electronics and knobs to control the heating elements. The refrigerator is like something out of science-fiction: lots of stainless steel and drawers and doors everywhere. I’m glad the little woman paid for them. 😉

  5. ram says:

    I find it very hard to believe Samsung and Apple were the top semiconductor buyers on a worldwide scale.

    Government telecommunications, computing, and military projects use a vast amount of semiconductors. I don’t imagine they report their purchases to Gartner either 😉

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