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Tuesday, 24 September 2013 08:18

TSMC outstrips Intel

Written by Nick Farrell

Biggest chip supplier

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing is now the world's largest semiconductor chip supplier thanks to a global mobile boom. TSMC sold US$11.98 billion worth of semiconductor chips in the second quarter of this year, surpassing Intel US$11.79 billion. The reports are based on data from market research outfit IC Insights.

The local press predicts things will get better for TSMC as it is upgrading its four 8-inch wafer fabrication plants in preparation for the onslaught of new wearable device market. According to IC Insights data, global semiconductor chip sales will reach US$271 billion this year, with wafer foundries accounting for about 16.4 percent of the total. IC Insights thinks the fast growth in wafer foundries' final market value is because mobile devices have eclipsed PC sales.

As a result, demand for smartphone chips and ARM processors has increased substantially and thus helped spur growth in revenues of wafer foundries. IC Insights has predicted that overall revenues of global semiconductor suppliers will increase less than 6 percent this year, but sales of pure-play foundries will post an annual gain of 14 percent.

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