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Asia dominates global fab capacity

Posted: 03 Mar 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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AMD chair Jerry Sanders III once said, "Real men have fabs." If we are to follow his argument, then the real men are located in Asia.

Asia is expected to account for a new record, nearly 70 per cent of the world's fab capacity, by 2019, according to a new report from IC Insights.

South Korea and Taiwan together accounted for 40.5 per cent of the world's installed fab capacity by the end of last year, according to the report, which forecasts that their share of total capacity will grow to 42.6 per cent by 2019.

The only other nation that is expected to grow its fab capacity is China, forecast to increase to 10.9 per cent in 2019 from the current 9.2 per cent share.

Add Japan's forecast capacity of 16.2 per cent into the mix, and Asia's total expected capacity comes to 69.9 per cent by the end of this decade.

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"Europe has recently revealed its intentions to try regaining some of the global capacity share it lost over the past several years," IC Insights said in the report. "It will be difficult for Europe to wrestle away shares from other regions," the report added.

To be sure, Asia's share of total capacity may be even larger. The IC Insights numbers show the fab capacity for each region regardless of the headquarters location for the companies that own the fabs. For example, the wafer capacity of South Korea-based Samsung has installed in the United States is counted in the North America capacity total and not in the South Korea total. Moreover, the ROW category primarily consists of Singapore, Israel and Malaysia.

- Alan Patterson
??EE Times

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