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Taiwan holds world's 2nd-largest fabless IC market share

Source: Taiwantrade | Updated: 17 April 2015

Taiwan had quite an impressive performance in the fabless IC industry in 2014, securing 18 percent of the world's fabless IC market share and ranking second behind the United States, according to semiconductor market research company IC Insights.


U.S. companies held the dominant share of fabless IC sales last year, although the share fell from 69 percent in 2010 to 63 percent, IC Insights said in the latest update to its 2015 McClean Report, an analysis and forecast for the IC industry.


The largest increase in fabless IC market share came from Chinese companies, which held a 9 percent share in 2014, compared to 5 percent in 2010, the report said.


Meanwhile, South Korea and Japan each had close to 1 percent share of the global fabless IC market last year, IC Insights said.


In terms of sales in the global IC market, the United States dominated with a 55 percent share in 2014, which included sales from integrated device manufacturers (IDMs) and fabless IC companies, but not foundry sales, according to the IC Insights study. South Korea commanded second place with an 18 percent market share, while Japan came in third with a 9 percent share. Taiwan placed fourth with a 7 percent share.


Chinese companies accounted for about 3 percent of total IC sales in 2014, the market research firm said.


Among the IDMs (companies with wafer fabs that manufacture their own ICs), U.S.-headquartered companies accounted for slightly over half of worldwide sales at 52 percent, followed by companies based in South Korea, Japan and Europe.


Taiwanese companies (not including foundries) held a 2 percent share in the IDM market.


Chia-yi Lin (franceslin@taitra.org.tw)

Source: Focus Taiwan


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