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TSMC still on top of IC foundry market in 2013: IC Insight report

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC, 台積電) remained the world's largest pure IC foundry supplier in 2013, with a market share of 46 percent and revenue of US$19.8 billion, according to IC Insight.

TSMC's growth was eight percentage points more than the 6-percent increase achieved by the total IC market. Global sector sales surged 14 percent year-on-year to US$42.8 billion in 2013, according to IC Insights' 2014 IC foundry report.

Among the top 13 of 2013, only TSMC, Samsung, Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC, 中芯半導體), PowerChip Semiconductor Corp. (PSC, 力晶半導體) and Vanguard International Semiconductor Corp. (VISC, 世界先進) outperformed the industry average in terms of annual growth rate. PSC posted the strongest growth rate of the five, at 88 percent.

PSC announced its complete transition to a dedicated foundry in 2013 with revenue reaching US$1.17 billion, an increase from 2012's US$625 million for 67 percent of its total revenue.

With the big growing bigger a trend in the industry, TSMC's 2013 sales were 4.6 times that of second-ranked GlobalFoundries and 10 times the sales of the fifth-ranked foundry SMIC.

GlobalFoundries outdid United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC, 聯華電子) in revenue for a second year in 2013 while Samsung narrowed its gap with UMC to only US$9 million or so, IC Insights' report shows.

Samsung is expected to compete with UMC for the number three place this year using the contracts it has won to make Apple ARM processors, its faster progress in developing 20nm and 28nm processes and Samsung Group's substantial foundry orders for the world's largest supply of smartphones and tablet PCs.

IC Insights forecasts global foundry revenue to rise to US$64.6 billion by 2018, with compound annual growth rate (CAGR) in the 2013-2018 period posting at 12 percent, twice the projected 6 percent CAGR of the total IC industry.

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