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Taiwan IC industry up by 40 percent in Q3

Posted: 28 Nov 2002 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:IC design? packaging? test? computer chips?

A Taiwan Semiconductor Industry Association (TSIA) survey showed that the total revenue of the domestic IC industry (including design, manufacturing, packaging and testing) in the third quarter of this year reached NT$161.6 billion ($4.63 billion at $1:NT$34.85), a 40 percent increase over Q3 of 2001.

Compared with Q2 results, the design sector posted a 3 percent jump to NT$35.7 billion; manufacturing sector reached NT$95.7 billion ($2.74 billion), a 1 percent decrease; packaging sector generated NT$23.5 billion, a slight growth of 4 percent; and testing sector created NT$6.7 billion ($192 million), up by 2 percent.

Driven by the recovering PC demand in Europe and the increased domestic demand for PC chipsets and PC-related peripheral chips, Taiwan's information-related chips accounted for 60 percent of its design products sector.

On the contrary, foundry sales reached NT$63.1 billion ($1.81 billion), a 7 percent ddecline from the previous quarter. The outcome resulted from the declining orders from local and foreign fabs, as well as IDM companies. In the manufacturing sector, prices for memory products such as SDRAM continue to decline due to the effect of the shift from SDRAM to the DDR DRAM standard.

Meanwhile, the revenue of the IC packaging sector went up by 4 percent to NT$ 23.5 billion ($674 million) up by 30 percent compared to the Q3 of 2001. On the other hand, IC testing revenue totaled NT$6.7 billion ($192 million), a slight increase of 1 percent from Q2 of 2002, and a 29 percent growth compared to the Q3 of 2001.

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