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Why Google, Amazon and Samsung are set to dominate the data centre chip market

GlobalData has used its exclusive theme-based analysis to identify the semiconductor companies best placed to succeed in the future based on their strength in data centres.

According to GlobalData’s latest Semiconductor Sector Scorecard, data centres have been identified by GlobalData as one of the top ten themes that will impact the semiconductor sector over the next two years.

The other nine are: high-performance computing, artificial intelligence (AI), ambient commerce, self-driving cars, industrial internet, gaming, 5G, M&A and geopolitics.

The semiconductor companies given the highest thematic weighting for data centres are Google, Xilinx, Amazon, Micron, SK Hynix, Samsung Electronics, TSMC, and Barefoot Networks.

GlobalData’s thematic research team has developed a “thematic engine” which is designed to identify tomorrow’s tech leaders rather than today’s tech incumbents, based on their competitive position in the most important themes impacting their industry, such as data centres. Viewing the world’s data by “themes” makes it easier to make important decisions.

The GlobalData thematic engine spans 15 key technology sectors – from semiconductors to consumer electronics to enterprise software – and covers over 60 themes.

What do data centres mean for the semiconductor sector?

The global growth in demand for computing power, resulting from the need to analyse and process volumes of data that are increasing dramatically, much of it unstructured, flowing from transactional systems, sensors and cameras is, in turn, driving demand for computer memory.

The ability to process this data depends on systems that firstly have the capacity to hold the data they need and secondly have the ability to deliver the data to the CPU quickly. Most data centre CPUs spend over 80 per cent of their time idling, waiting for data to arrive.

Hybrid memory will move much closer to the processor and help tackle storage density and access speed issues. The speed of development also means established players like Intel, Samsung, Micron and Hynix are having to compete in R&D terms against more agile newcomers, especially in silicon photonics, such as Barefoot Networks.

The full universe of 57 semiconductor companies covered by GlobalData’s Semiconductor Sector Scorecard are:

Aixtron
Alibaba
Alphabet
Amazon
AMD
AMS
Analog Devices
Apple
ASML Holding
Baidu
Barefoot Networks
Broadcom
Cambricon
Cirrus Logic
Cypress
Dialog
Diodes
Graphcore
Himax
IBM
Infineon
Intel
Marvell
Maxim
MediaTek
Melexis
Mellanox
Microchip
Micron
Microsoft
Monolithic Power Systems
Nanya Tech
Nvidia
NXP
On Semiconductor
Qorvo
Qualcomm
Realtek Semiconductor
Renesas
Rohm
Samsung Electronics
Silicon Labs
Silicon Motion
SK Hynix
Skyworks
SMIC
Softbank
STMicroelectronics
Teradyne
Tesla
Texas Instruments
Tokyo Electron
TSMC
UMC
Vanguard
Xilinx
Zeno

NS Tech is part of the same group as GlobalData