Me­di­aTek falls in world semi­con­duc­tor sale rank

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Me­di­aTek Inc., Tai­wan's largest in­te­grated cir­cuit de­signer, fell one notch in the world semi­con­duc­tor sales rank­ings in the first half of 2015, ac­cord­ing to mar­ket ad­vi­sory firm IC In­sights.

In a re­search re­port, IC In­sights said Me­di­aTek took 13th place on the global list for the Jan­uary-June pe­riod, down from 12th place in 2014, with sales to­tal­ing US$3.03 bil­lion.

Me­di­aTek's sec­ond quar­ter sales rose 1 per­cent from a quar­ter ear­lier to US$1.53 bil­lion as growth in the global smart­phone mar­ket showed signs of slow­ing, the IC In­sights re­port showed.

That slow­down re­sulted in a 12.1 per­cent de­cline in the Tai­wanese IC de­signer's net profit from a quar­ter ear­lier to NT$6.38 bil­lion ( US$201 mil­lion).

Faced with this chal­leng­ing en­vi­ron­ment, Me­di­aTek has trimmed its forecast for smart­phone chip ship­ments in 2015 to 400 mil­lion units from 450 mil­lion units, and it ex­pects 2015 sales to fall 5-10 per­cent from a year ear­lier.

The sales of ri­val U.S.-based Qual­comm also felt the pinch of weak­en­ing smart­phone de­mand, with its sec­ond quar­ter sales down 13 per­cent from a quar­ter ear­lier to US$3.85 bil­lion, the IC In­sights re­port showed.

In the first half of this year, Qual­comm's sales to­taled US$8.29 bil­lion, mak­ing it the fifth chip sup­plier in the world, down from fourth place recorded last year, ac­cord­ing to IC In­sights.

Tai­wan Semi­con­duc­tor Man­u­fac­tur­ing Co. (TSMC) re­tained its po­si­tion on the IC In­sights list as the third largest chip sup­plier in the world dur­ing the six-month pe­riod, with sales of US$13.62 bil­lion.

TSMC, the world's largest con­tract chip-maker, posted US$6.63 bil­lion in sales in the sec­ond quar­ter, down 5 per­cent from the first quar­ter, ac­cord­ing to IC In­sights.

United Mi­cro­elec­tron­ics Corp. rose two notches in the rank­ings to take 19th place in the first half of this year, up from 21st in 2014, with sales of US$2.32 bil­lion.

U.S. chip gi­ant In­tel Corp. re­mained the big­gest chip sup­plier in the world on the IC In­sights list with sales of US$23.58 bil­lion in the first half of this year. In the sec­ond quar­ter, In­tel's sales rose 3 per­cent from the first quar­ter to US$11.95 bil­lion.

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