Top semiconductor companies include Intel, Samsung and Qualcomm, according to IHS Technology. Intel is an American company and the leading semiconductor maker in the world, as of December 2015. The company is a pioneer in the development of high-speed chips for desktop and notebook computers.
Samsung is a South Korean semiconductor manufacturer known for its consumer electronics and mobile devices. Samsung supplies Apple with many of its chips and semiconductors.
Qualcomm, based in San Diego, California, is a leader in the manufacture of semiconductors used in telecommunications devices. Phones by HTC, Samsung, Motorola, Sanyo and Sharp feature Qualcomm chips and semiconductors. Qualcomm also develops platforms such as CDMA and the “push-to-talk” technology that enables cellphones to behave as walkie-talkies.