TSMC expected to remain 3rd largest IC supplier; MediaTek 11th

11/24/2020 04:38 PM
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Taipei, Nov. 24 (CNA) Contract chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) is expected to remain the third largest integrated circuit supplier in 2020, unchanged from a year earlier, according to U.S.-based market information advisory firm IC Insight.

MediaTek Inc., a Taiwanese IC designer, will rise to 11th in the world market in 2020 from 16th in 2019, IC Insights said.

In a report released on its website overnight, IC Insights said TSMC, the world's largest pure wafer foundry operator, is expected to post US$45.42 billion in sales in 2020, up 31 percent from a year earlier.

According to IC Insights, TSMC's sales growth is largely due to a surge of orders placed on its advanced 5 nanometer and 7nm processes by Apple and HiSilicon, two of its major clients.

For its part, MediaTek is forecast to post US$10.78 billion in sales in 2020, up 35 percent from a year earlier, making it one of only two IC firms to enter the IC Insights top 15 semiconductor suppliers for the first time.

The other is U.S.-based Advanced Micro Devices Inc., which is expected to generate US$9.52 billion in sales in 2020, up 41 percent from a year earlier to become the 15th ranked supplier, up three notches, IC Insights said.

IC Insights said U.S.-based Intel Corp. will retain the top spot as its sales are forecast to hit US$73.89 billion, up 4 percent from a year earlier, ahead of Samsung Electronics Corp. of South Korea, which is expected to post a 9 percent year-on-year increase in sales totaling US$60.48 billion to take second place.

South Korean memory chipmaker SK Hynix Inc. is expected to come in fourth by generating US$26.47 billion in sales, up 14 percent from a year earlier, followed by U.S.-based Micron Technology Inc., which is looking at US$21.66 billion, down 3 percent from a year earlier, IC Insights said.

Among the top 15 IC suppliers, eight are headquartered in the United States, two in South Korea, two in Taiwan, two in Europe and one in Japan, IC Insights said. The aggregate sales of the top 15 are expected to hit US$355.42 billion, up 13 percent from a year earlier, IC Insights added.

"Although causing a deep global recession in 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic spurred an acceleration of the worldwide digital transformation resulting in remarkably robust semiconductor market growth," IC Insights said.

(By Chang Chien-chung and Frances Huang)

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