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South Korea surpassed Japan in IC sales

Posted: 02 Feb 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:marketshare? IC sales? DRAM market?

Based on the figures released by IC Insights, South Korean companies have proven themselves resilient against the unsympathetic memory market. In fact, for the first time, the country has surpassed Japan in terms of IC marketshare last year, gaining more than two points of marketshare since 2009.

However, North American companies had the most to gain from last year. Driven by the strong performances of ON, Qualcomm, Skyworks, LSI and Intel, North American companies earned more than three points of marketshare last year to account for 53 percent of worldwide IC sales, according to the data in the 2012 edition of The McClean Report from IC Insights. The figures in the chart do not include foundry sales (to prevent double-counting marketshare) or optoelectronic, sensor or discrete devices. In the past three years, North American companies have held more than 50 percent marketshare.

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Worldwide IC sales by company headquarters location (Source: IC Insights)

Taiwan companies lost more than one point of marketshare last year due to the extreme weakness of the DRAM market and the corresponding sales decline by that country's memory suppliers (e.g., Powerchip, ProMOS and Nanya). While China continues to attract foreign IC production to its country (e.g., TSMC, Intel and Samsung), its indigenous IC suppliers held only 1.6 percent of the worldwide IC market. The gain in China's 2011 marketshare is primarily attributable to the success of its fabless IC suppliers such as HiSilicon and Spreadtrum.

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