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TSMC remains largest foundry worldwide: Gartner

2012/04/02 22:39:32

Taipei, April 2 (CNA) Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) took nearly 50 percent of worldwide foundry market share by revenue in 2011 to maintain its position as the largest contract chip maker in the world, according to a report by a market research firm.

TSMC had revenue of US$14.53 billion, up 9 percent from a year earlier, giving it a 48.8 percent share of the global market. The top five foundries accounted for almost 80 percent of the global foundry market, according to the report issued recently by Gartner Inc.

Taiwan-based United Microelectronics Corp. was the second largest contract chip maker, taking a 12.1 percent share with US$3.6 billion in revenues.

GlobalFoundries Inc., a California-based semiconductor foundry, followed behind in third with a 12 percent market share.

"Thanks to stable media tablet and mobile phone sales, a slide of the semiconductor and foundry revenue in 2011 was prevented," said Samuel Tuan Wang, research director at Gartner.

After growing 40.5 percent from 2009 to 2010, the foundry market was relatively flat in 2011 due to weakness in PC production and an overall slide in consumer demand, along with attempts by customers to maintain leaner inventories starting in mid-2011, Wang said.

Samsung had foundry revenue of US$470 million in 2011, accounting for 1.6 percent of the worldwide market, but the sales figure did not include its application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) business from Apple Inc.

If the ASIC business was added to the figure, Samsung would rank as the fourth largest contract chip maker in the world, the report said.

Meanwhile, Taiwan-based Powerchip Technology Corp. posted revenues of US$431 million, an increase of 189.3 percent from a year earlier, and was ranked as the 10th largest chip maker.

(By Tien Yu-pin and Hanna Liu)