TSMC controls over half of global foundry market: Gartner
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC, ) remained the world’s largest semiconductor foundry by taking more than half of the global market in 2014, according to tech research firm Gartner Inc.
The revenues of the worldwide semiconductor foundry market grew 16.1 percent in 2014 to US$46.9 billion, Gartner said in a report published on Monday.
Among the top players, TSMC’s market share improved to 53.7 percent last year from 49.8 percent in 2013, and its sales increased by US$5 billion to US$25.18 billion due to the success of its advanced process 28 nanometer (nm) and 20 nm technologies, Gartner said.
Returning to the No. 2 position, Taiwan-based United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC, ) had a 9.9 percent of the global foundry market share in 2014 with revenues of US$4.62 billion, thanks to its recent catch-up in 28-nm technology.
Silicon Valley-based Globalfoundries Inc. fell to the third spot with US$4.4 billion in revenues and a 9.4 percent share of the market, followed by Samsung Electronics Co. of South Korea with a 5.1 percent share and SMIC of China in fifth with a 4.2 percent share.
“2014 has been the third consecutive year when foundries have achieved impressive 16 percent revenue growth,” said Samuel Wang, research vice president at Gartner.
Several factors made 2014 a robust year for foundries, Wang said, including customer inventory build- ups in the second quarter, higher ultra-mobile device sales, and the strength of Apple Inc.’s supply chain driven by the success of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.
Other factors include a conversion of integrated device manufacturer (IDM) revenue to foundry revenue and wafer demand from the early adoption of wearables, he said.