Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC, 台積電) remained the world’s largest contract chipmaker in the second quarter of the year with a 53.4 percent share of the global pure-play foundry market, the Taipei-based market information advisory firm TrendForce Corp (集邦科技) said in a research report on Tuesday.
Despite TSMC’s market share dipping slightly from 53.6 percent in the first quarter, it was still far ahead of its rivals, TrendForce said.
TSMC continued to benefit from emerging technologies, such as high-performance computing devices, the Internet of Things and automotive electronics, as it posted US$18.15 billion in sales in the second quarter, up 3.5 percent from a quarter earlier, it said.
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The mild quarter-on-quarter sales growth during the period from April to June reflected a relatively high comparison base in the first quarter, when TSMC raised chip prices amid a global supply shortage, TrendForce said.
South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co placed second with a 16.5 percent global market share, as it posted US$5.59 billion in sales, up 4.9 percent from a quarter earlier, the report showed.
Taiwan’s United Microelectronics Corp (UMC, 聯電) took third spot with US$2.45 billion in sales and a 7.2 percent global share in the second quarter, TrendForce said.
UMC’s second-quarter sales rose 8.1 percent from a quarter earlier on the back of support from its 22 and 28 nanometer processes, it added.
US-based GlobalFoundries Inc was the fourth-largest contract chipmaker with a 5.9 percent global market share after posting US$1.99 billion.
China’s Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp (SMIC, 中芯國際), which posted US$1.90 billion in sales and held a 5.6 percent global market share, placed fifth, TrendForce said.
China’s Hua Hong Semiconductor Ltd (華虹半導體) came in sixth with a 3.1 percent global market share after posting US$1.06 billion in sales, followed by Taiwan’s Powerchip Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp (力積電) with US$656 million in sales and 1.9 percent in market share, Taiwan’s Vanguard International Semiconductor Corp (世界先進) with US$520 million in sales and 1.5 percent in market share, South Korea’s Nextchip Co with US$463 million in sales and 1.4 percent in market share, and Israel’s Tower Semiconductor Ltd with US$426 million in sales and 1.3 percent in market share, TrendForce said.
The top 10 contract chipmakers posted US$33.2 billion in combined sales in the second quarter, up 3.9 percent from a quarter earlier, accounting for 98 percent of global revenue, it said.
Sales growth momentum of the 10 largest contract chipmakers showed signs of slowing in the second quarter, as global demand for consumer electronics gadgets weakened, it added.
Inventory adjustments are expected to continue to affect the pure-play foundry business in the third quarter, TrendForce said, adding that Apple Inc’s launch of a new iPhone model is expected to lend support to the sector in the third quarter.
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