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SMIC placed third in Chartered '05 foundry rankings

Posted: 28 Mar 2006     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Mark LaPedus  SMIC  Gartner Dataquest  silicon foundry  TSMC 

China's Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC) topped Singapore's Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing for third place in the worldwide silicon foundry rankings in 2005, according to Gartner Dataquest Inc.

Overall, however, it was a bad year for the foundry industry, as worldwide sales hit 1840 crore (18.4 billion) in 2005, down 2.5 per cent over 2004, according to the market research firm. For the first time, the foundry market fell while overall semiconductor sales grew in 2005.

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing remained as the largest foundry with 44.8 per cent market share in 2005 with sales hit of Rs.36,285 crore ($8.22 billion), up 7.2 per cent over 2004. United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC) remained as the second largest foundry with 15.4 per cent market share in 2005. UMC's sales hit Rs.12,478.50 crore ($2.82 billion), down 19.3 per cent over 2004.

SMIC jumped from fourth place in 2004 to the third spot in the 2005 rankings with 6.4 per cent market share with its sales hit Rs.5,177.25 crore ($1.17 billion), up 20.1 per cent over 2004. Chartered fell from third place to the fourth spot in the 2005 rankings with 6.2 per cent market share and sales hit of Rs.5,000.25 crore ($1.13 billion), up 2.6 per cent over 2004.

IBM remained as the fifth largest foundry with 4.5 per cent market share in as its sales hit Rs.3,681.60 crore ($832 million) down 2.1 per cent over 2004. South Korea's MagnaChip Semiconductor jumped from seventh to the sixth spot with 2.2 per cent market share. Its foundry sales hit Rs.1,752.30 crore ($396 million), up 10 per cent over 2004.

Vanguard International Semiconductor Corp. fell from sixth to the seventh spot with 1.9 per cent market share as its sales hit Rs.1,566.45 crore ($354 million), down 9.8 per cent over 2004. South Korea's Dongbu Semiconductor jumped from ninth place in 2004 to the number eight spot with 1.9 per cent market share as its sales reached Rs.1,535.48 crore ($347 million), up 4.2 per cent over 2004.

China's Shanghai Hua Hong NEC jumped from tenth place to the ninth spot the 2005 rankings with 1.7 per cent market share. The company's foundry sales hit Rs.1,349.63 crore ($305 million), down 5.7 per cent over 2004. U.S.-based Jazz Semiconductor Inc. jumped from twelfth to the tenth spot with 1.1 per cent market share as the company's sales hit Rs.929.25 crore ($210 million), down 4.5 per cent over 2004.

- Mark LaPedus
EE Times

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