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SMIC tops Chartered in '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 18.4 billion in 2005, down 2.5 percent 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 world's largest foundry with 44.8 percent market share in 2005 with sales hit of $8.22 billion, up 7.2 percent over 2004. United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC) remained as the world's second largest foundry with 15.4 percent market share in 2005. UMC's sales hit $2.82 billion, down 19.3 percent over 2004.

SMIC jumped from fourth place in 2004 to the third spot in the 2005 rankings with 6.4 percent market share with its sales hit $1.17 billion, up 20.1 percent over 2004. Chartered fell from third place to the fourth spot in the 2005 rankings with 6.2 percent market share and sales hit of $1.13 billion, up 2.6 percent over 2004.

IBM remained as the fifth largest foundry with 4.5 percent market share in as its sales hit $832 million down 2.1 percent over 2004. South Korea's MagnaChip Semiconductor jumped from seventh to the sixth spot with 2.2 percent market share. Its foundry sales hit $396 million, up 10 percent over 2004.

Vanguard International Semiconductor Corp. fell from sixth to the seventh spot with 1.9 percent market share as its sales hit $354 million, down 9.8 percent over 2004. South Korea's Dongbu Semiconductor jumped from ninth place in 2004 to the number eight spot with 1.9 percent market share as its sales hit $347 million, up 4.2 percent over 2004.

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

- Mark LaPedus
EE Times

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