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TSMC CEO predicts steady IC market

Posted: 24 Apr 2008     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:semiconductor market  silicon foundry  IC market 

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd (TSMC) top executive Rick Tsai predicted a relatively steady semiconductor market despite the economic challenges. The President and CEO of the world's largest silicon foundry vendor expects a 4-5 per cent growth in 2008 over 2007.

That doesn't tell the entire story in the industry. Without memories, which are under severe pressure, the semiconductor industry is projected to grow 6-7 per cent in 2008, Tsai said in a keynote during TSMC's 2008 Technology Symposium.

Driving the growth are the traditional products in the industry, namely the PC and the cell phone. The PC and handset markets remain healthy and will separately grow 12 per cent in 2008, he said.

There are some concerns in 2008, including the subprime crisis, bloated inventories and other issues. "The industry faces challenges in the microeconomic environment," he said "Despite the challenges, our industry will continue to grow."

Another worrisome problem is clear in the semiconductor industry: making a profit. Operating margins have fallen over time and the IC business remains challenging, he said.

The solution? Collaboration. "We need to work together to create," he said.

- Mark LaPedus
EE Times

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