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Apple (s aapl) spends a whopping $28 billion a year buying semiconductors for the millions of tablets, phones and computers it produces, according to estimates released from IHS iSuppli, a research firm. That makes Apple far and away the largest buyer of silicon, ahead of No. 2 Samsung, which buys $14.9 billion.
It’s a huge number, more than the total number of chips sold in a given month, but to really drive it home, I pulled the estimates from the Semiconductor Industry Association and the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) Spring 2012 global semiconductor sales forecast, which projects that worldwide sales will hit $301 billion this year. Thus, Apple is expected to buy 9.3 percent of the chips sold throughout the world this year.
That’s a lot of phones and tablets. It’s also more than a May estimate by IHS iSuppli that predicted Apple would spend $27 billion. But…
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