GlobalFoundries pushes UMC to No. 3

Staff writer, with CNA

Fri, Aug 24, 2012 - Page 13

US-based GlobalFoundries Inc replaced United Microelectronics Corp (UMC, 聯電) to become the world’s second-largest contract chipmaker in the second quarter, according to a recent report by IC Insights.

The report showed that GlobalFoundries generated US$1.12 billion in sales during the April-June period, topping UMC’s US$970 million.

GlobalFoundries’ sales rose 18 percent from the first quarter, while UMC’s increased 16 percent, the report said.

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC, 台積電) retained its title as the world’s largest contract chipmaker after it posted US$4.34 billion in sales for the second quarter, a 22 percent quarterly increase.

TSMC is expected to generate US$16.72 billion in sales for this year and will remain the world’s largest contract chipmaker, IC Insights said.

In second place will be GlobalFoundries with an estimated US$4.29 billion in sales, and UMC will be third with sales of US$3.78 billion, the report forecast.

Meanwhile, TSMC ranked as the world’s third-largest IC supplier in the second quarter, after Intel Corp, which reported US$12.42 billion in sales, and Samsung Electronics Co with sales of US$7.48 billion, IC Insights said.

UMC was the 20th largest chip supplier in the second quarter, while GlobalFoundries ranked as the 16th-largest, the report said.