Semiconductor industry sales worldwide 1987-2020

This graphic shows global semiconductor industry sales each year from 1987 to 2020. In 2020, sales are expected to reach 433.03 billion U.S. dollars worldwide. Semiconductors are crucial components of electronics devices and the industry is highly competitive. The year-on-year growth rate in 2020 is expected to see growth rates of 5.9 percent.

Semiconductor market

A semiconductor is a substance that conducts electricity under some but not all circumstances. Manufacturers are able to customize the conductivity of a semiconductor, such as introducing a sensitivity to heat or light, or altering conductivity based on the direction of the current. Semiconductors are an important component of many commonly used electronic devices including smartphones, tablets, and PCs. Notable semiconductor chip makers include Intel and Samsung Electronics, with Intel generating 65.79 billion U.S. dollars and Samsung generating 52.21 billion U.S. dollars in semiconductor revenue in 2019, placing them among the largest companies in terms of semiconductor industry revenues.

Market opportunities

Artificial intelligence (AI) refers to the creation of intelligent hardware or software that can replicate human behaviors such as learning and problem solving. Semiconductors will play a key part in the acceleration of the AI opportunity. It is forecast that in 2025, revenues made from AI related semiconductors worldwide will reach 65 billion U.S. dollars, an increase from the 17 billion U.S. dollars generated in 2017. Vying for a slice of the AI chip pie, alongside incumbents like Intel and Nvidia, several startups are developing revolutionary new chip architectures optimized for AI.

Semiconductor market size worldwide from 1987 to 2020

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Release date

December 2019



Survey time period

1987 to 2019

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