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Taiwan leads global wafer production

Posted: 17 Jan 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:wafer capacity? foundry service? chip production?

According to IC Insights Inc.'s report titled "Global Wafer Capacity 2011-12," Taiwan has eclipsed Japan and South Korea as worldwide leaders in chip production last year. As of mid-2011, Taiwan held 21 percent of global capacity, outstripping Japan with 19.7 percent and South Korea with 16.8 percent. The Americas region with 14.7 percent share and China with 8.9 percent of capacity rounded out the top five.

To clarify what the data means, each regional number is the total installed monthly capacity of fabs located in that region regardless of the headquarters location for the companies that own the fabs. For example, the wafer capacity that Samsung has installed in the U.S. is counted in the Americas capacity total, not the Korea capacity total. The ROW 'region' consists primarily of Singapore, Israel, Malaysia, but also includes countries such as Russia, Belarus, India, South Africa and Australia.

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Taiwan bested Japan and South Korea as worldwide leaders in chip production.

The report also noted that Taiwan has the industry's largest share of capacity for the biggest wafer size (i.e., 300mm). Last year, Taiwan held 25.4 percent share of global 300mm wafer capacity, 18.7 percent of 200mm wafer capacity and 11.4 percent of 150mm wafer capacity. In the same period, 300mm wafers represented 64.6 percent of the country's installed capacity, 200mm wafers, 29.2 percent; and 150mm wafers accounted for 6.1 percent.

Taiwan also holds the industry's largest share of capacity dedicated to 'not so leading-edge' 40-60nm process geometries. This is to be expected, given Taiwan's focus on providing foundry services to some fabless IC suppliers, 'fab-lite' IDMs and electronic system producers.

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