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MediaTek has highest IC sales growth in H1

TAIPEI -- MediaTek Inc. (聯發科技), one of Taiwan's leading integrated circuit (IC) designers, recorded the highest sales growth among the world's 20 largest semiconductor suppliers in the first half of this year, market information advisory firm IC Insights said Friday.

In a research report, IC Insights said MediaTek posted US$3.41 billion in sales for the first six months of this year, up 38 percent from a year earlier and ahead of U.S-based Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) with a 26-percent year-on-year increase and South Korea's SK Hynix Inc. with 20 percent growth.

IC Insights said MediaTek ranked as the 12th-largest IC supplier in the world as of the end of June, up one notch from a year earlier.

“MediaTek continues to experience extremely strong demand for its devices in the booming low-end smartphone business in China and other Asia-Pacific locations,” IC Insights said in the report.

The advisory firm said that after a merger with smaller rival MStar Semiconductor Inc. (晨星半導體) in February, MediaTek is expected to generate more than US$7 billion in sales in 2014.

IC Insights used the combined sales of MediaTek and MStar in the first half of last year as a comparison base to calculate the sales growth for the first half of this year.

AMD Placed 14th

AMD took the 14th position, posting US$2.84 billion in sales in the first half of the year, while Hynix recorded US$7.32 billion in revenue to grasp the title as the sixth-largest supplier, according to IC Insights.

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC,台灣積體電路), another Taiwanese IC giant, recorded US$10.88 billion in sales in the first half of this year, up 13 percent from a year earlier. The sales growth helped TSMC to retain the position as the world's third-biggest IC supplier in the world.

During the same period, U.S.-based Intel Corp. remained the world's largest chip supplier after posting US$24.43 billion in sales, up 5 percent from a year earlier, ahead of South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co., which posted US$18.31 billion in sales, up 17 percent year-on-year, to remain the second-largest.

U.S.-based Qualcomm Inc. ranked as the fourth-largest IC supplier during the same period after posting US$9.20 billion in sales, followed by Micron Technology Inc. of the U.S., which recorded US$8.04 billion in sales.

In the six-month period, the top 20 IC suppliers registered US$123.91 billion in sales, up 10 percent from a year earlier, IC Insights said.

TSMC and MediaTek were the only two firms from Taiwan on the top 20 list.

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