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With its upcoming acquisition of Nokia’s devices and services business unit, Microsoft Corp. is set to become one of the world’s Top 10 original equipment manufacturer (OEM) semiconductor buyers, and will rank among the leading purchasers of microchips for wireless applications. According to the semiconductor design and spend analysis service of HIS, Microsoft in 2014 is expected to become the eighth-largest OEM chip buyer, up from No. 13 this year and 15th place in 2012.

Microsoft will spend an estimated $5.9 billion next year on semiconductors, up from $3.55 billion in 2012 and from $3.78 billion this year. The 2012 and 2013 revenue figures do not include spending generated by the Nokia buy, while 2014 presents post-acquisition purchasing. The Nokia deal will add about $2 billion to what Microsoft would otherwise spend on semiconductors for 2014.

The majority of the company’s chip spending in recent years was related to its Xbox 360 video game console, which is regarded as a consumer electronics device. The Nokia acquisition will dramatically increase Microsoft’s spending in the wireless segment. Prior to the deal, Microsoft purchased a relatively small quantity of semiconductors for its Surface line of tablets, some of which are classified as wireless devices. The company spent just $85 million in 2012 and will expend $110 million in 2013 on wireless chips.

Microsoft’s new higher standing in 2014 also means it will be vying for fourth place in chip spending for wireless applications – along with a group of companies including ZTE, LG Electronics, TCL, and Ericsson. If Microsoft takes the No. 4 rank in wireless chip purchasing in 2014, it will still be behind market leaders Apple, Samsung Electronics and Huawei Technologies.

For Microsoft, approximately 37% of its $5.9 billion spend in 2014 – equivalent to $2.2 billion – will be spent next year on chips for wireless devices like smartphones and tablets.

“Nokia is achieving some success with its Windows-based phones, even though sales of these handsets still trail well behind the market leaders, Android and Apple iOS. One challenge for Microsoft will be formulating a strategy for success and deeper penetration of its smartphone and tablet lines. Microsoft also will need to figure out how to address its problematic positioning, with the company continuing to license Windows systems to other OEMs that sell devices with which Microsoft competes,” said Myson Robles-Bruce, senior analyst, semiconductor spend and design at IHS.

Purchase of Nokia will not expand Microsoft’s revenue this year. But the deal will result in 10% revenue growth in 2014 for the noted maker of Windows software, now also striving to compete with former archrival Apple in wireless devices like smartphones and tablets.

Microsoft has stated that the acquisition will not yield profits until 2016, when net income generated by the deal will offset the costs of acquisition and integration.


Tags: Microsoft, Nokia, Semiconductor, Lumia, Surface, Xbox


Comments currently: 6
Discussion started: 11/23/13 05:42:42 AM
Latest comment: 03/09/16 12:08:40 AM
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Knowing that M/S has a appetite to control everything and become a monopoly which chip manufacture is in their sights now?
0 0 [Posted by: tedstoy  | Date: 11/23/13 05:42:42 AM]
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Hmmm. It won't be Intel. Intel and MS will be direct competitors by the end of the decade. Both companies will have developed devices and cloud ecosystems to control content -ie vertically integrated companies by then. Is there any wonder why Intel is putting so much effort into its Linux development? It will release its own OS based on Linux within 5 years, if it can cut content deals successfully. The opening of 3 Intel shops in the coming months is part of the second phase of the company's transition. I think MS will eye AMD and may even buy a chunk of it to secure its future. Is that what you're thinking Ted?
0 0 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 11/23/13 11:34:48 PM]
Just play at Devil's advocate, the Mid/Eastern financiers of AMD would not allow this to happen. Also AMD are a design organization not a chip maker any longer. It will have to one of the foundries who need cash and will be saddles with a tame GM just as the phone maker was.
0 0 [Posted by: tedstoy  | Date: 11/24/13 01:22:57 AM]
I'm just thinking how Microsoft controlled Nokia - it bought just a 20% stake. Nokia then had to do Windows only devices. If Microsoft bought into AMD, it would get priority and exclusives. I can't see how the royal family owned Mubadala company would object because it would ensure chip business for their GloFlo.
0 0 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 11/24/13 06:08:51 AM]
Microsoft would ruin AMD and GloFo as Android chipmakers will switch to TSMC or Samsung and Microsoft considering their "successes" with tablets and smartphones will not guarantee much demand for chips.

Qualcomm and Nvidia support Android for long time and Imagination (PowerVR) sold stocks to Aplle so these companies are no options for Microsoft.

AMD is smart enough and is already building stack for Android and soon will become Android chip maker.

Intel also announced full support for Android.

So no options for Microsoft to become full monopoly and compete with Apple.

Apple and Google will become even stronger than now and Microsoft will disappear or will be bought by Apple or Google
0 0 [Posted by: calzahe  | Date: 11/28/13 08:38:02 AM]


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