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MediaTek forecast to fall in rankings

POSITIVE OUTLOOK:Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co is expected to remain in third position in the global semiconductor listings, with sales forecast to rise 6 percent

Staff writer, with CNA

MediaTek Inc (聯發科), the nation’s leading integrated circuit designer, is expected to see its position in the world’s IC industry fall this year from a year earlier in terms of sales, in the wake of slowing global demand for smartphones, according to market information advisory firms IC Insights Inc.

Citing a forecast, IC Insights said that sales posted by MediaTek for this year are expected to fall about 8 percent from a year earlier to US$6.5 billion, and its position in the world rankings could fall one notch from a year earlier to 13th.

Smartphone chips serve as the major sales source for MediaTek, accounting for about 60 percent of the IC designer’s total revenue.

US-based Qualcomm Inc, which is faced with similar difficulties in a slower global smartphone market, is expected to see its sales fall 19 percent from a year earlier to US$15.63 billion, IC Insights said. As a result, Qualcomm’s position in the world rankings is expected to fall from fourth to fifth this year, the advisory firm said.

For the global IC industry, a stronger US dollar has deflated the sector’s sales growth, IC Insights said, adding that worldwide IC sales are expected to fall 1 percent year-on-year, a downward revision from an earlier estimate of a 1 percent increase.

Intel Corp is expected to retain first place in the world’s semiconductor rankings, although the US-based chip maker is expected to see its sales fall 2 percent from a year earlier to US$50.31 billion, IC Insights said.

Samsung Electronics Corp of South Korea is forecast to come in second, unchanged from last year, as IC Insights expects the firm to achieve US$41.61 billion in sales, up 10 percent from a year earlier.

Contract chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC, 台積電) is expected to retain third place in the rankings, as its sales could rise 6 percent from a year earlier to US$26.56 billion, IC Insights said.

South Korea’s memory chipmaker SK Hynix Inc is forecast to trail TSMC in fourth position, up two notches from a year earlier, with sales expected to rise 4 percent year-on-year to US$16.92 billion, the advisory firm said.

United Microelectronics Corp (聯電) is expected to rise two notches from last year to rank as the 19th-largest IC firm on expectations that the Taiwanese contract chipmaker is to post US$4.47 billion in sales, up 3 percent from a year earlier, IC Insights said.

IC Insights said that sales of the top 20 global IC firms are expected to stay flat from a year earlier at US$259.15 billion.

It said that among the top 20, eight are headquartered in the US, while Taiwan, Japan and Europe have three each. Another two are located in South Korea and one is headquartered in Singapore.

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