Foundry market grows
The worldwide semiconductor foundry market grew last year, with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC, 台積電) taking a nearly 50 percent share of the market, Gartner Inc said yesterday. The global semiconductor foundry market had sales of US$34.57 billion last year, up 16.2 percent from 2011, Gartner said, attributing the strong growth to the restocking of inventory by customers and higher demand for smartphones, in which advanced technology chips are required. TSMC had sales of US$17.13 billion last year, or a 49.5 percent share of the global market. Rounding out the world’s top five were GlobalFoundries Inc, United Microelectronics Corp (聯電), Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp (中芯) and Samsung Electronics Co, Gartner said.
Acer acts over bird flu
PC brand Acer Inc (宏碁) yesterday said it had initiated a strict health tracking mechanism for employees and told eight workers, who had recent contact with a man confirmed as Taiwan’s first patient infected by H7N9 bird flu, to work from home for seven days from Thursday. Acer’s move came after the company was informed by health authorities that the eight employees had spent time with the 53-year-old patient on Tuesday night at National Taiwan University Hospital. Acer would not confirm reports that the patient once worked for the company.