Tai­wan has world’s 2nd-largest fa­b­less IC mar­ket share: study

The China Post - - LOCAL -

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.

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