Taiwan has world’s 2nd-largest fabless IC market share: study
Taiwan performed well in integrated circuit (IC) design in 2014, securing 18 percent of the world’s fabless IC market share, ranking second behind the United States, according to semiconductor market research company IC Insights.
U.S. companies held the dominant share of fabless IC sales last year, although the share fell from 69 percent in 2010 to 63 percent, IC Insights said in the latest update to its 2015 McClean Report, an analysis and forecast for the IC industry.
The largest increase in fabless IC market share came from Chinese companies, which held a 9-percent share in 2014, compared to 5 percent in 2010, the report said.
South Korea and Japan were both weak in the fabless IC market, with each having less than 1-percent global share last year, IC Insights said.
According the IC Insights study, the United States dominated the world’s IC market, with a 55-percent share of the total worldwide IC market in 2014, which includes sales from integrated device manufacturers (IDMs) and fabless IC companies, but not foundry sales.
South Korea ranked second with an 18-percent market share, while Japan came in third with a 9-percent share. Taiwan placed fourth with a 7-percent share.
Chinese companies accounted for only 3 percent of total IC sales in 2014, the market research firm said.
Among IDMs (companies with wafer fabs that manufacture their own ICs), U. S.- headquartered companies accounted for slightly over half of worldwide sales at 52 percent, followed by companies based in South Korea, Japan and Europe.
Taiwanese companies ( not including foundries) held only a 2-percent IDM market share.