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TSMC global market share tops 50% in 2014

TSMC global market share tops 50% in 2014

Taipei, April 30 (CNA) Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC, ???) said Thursday that its global market share surpassed 50 percent in 2014, helping it keep the title of the world's largest contract chip maker. In its annual report, TSMC said that its global market share rose to 54 percent in 2014, up from 49 percent recorded a year earlier, on the back of strong demand for the chip maker's advanced technology processes. It was the fifth consecutive year in which TSMC had posted growth in its global market share. Due to an increase in shipments of chips made on its sophisticated 28 nanometer and 20nm processes, TSMC said that its total shipments for 2014 rose 19 percent from a year earlier to 8.26 million 12-inch equivalent wafers. Last year, TSMC recorded NT$762.81 billion in consolidated sales, up 27.8 percent from a year earlier, and its net profit rose 40.3 percent year-on-year to NT$263.90 billion, with earnings per share (EPS) of NT$10.18. TSMC said that the global semiconductor industry is expected to grow at a mid-single-digit pace in 2015. The compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of the business could reach about 4 percent during the 2014-2019 period. To maintain the lead over its peers in terms of global market share, TSMC said it will continue to expand production capacity and that it is determined to upgrade its technology processes. TSMC said its production capacity is expected to rise 13 percent year-on-year to 9.24 million 12-inch equivalent wafers in 2015. Its wafer shipments could rise further to 9.5 million 12-inch equivalent wafers this year, up 15 percent from a year earlier, with chips made on the 28nm process and more advanced processes expected to account for 50 percent of the total shipments. TSMC said that the 16nm process is scheduled to go into commercial production in July after the technology qualification for the process is completed at the end of last year. To provide more sophisticated technology, TSMC is planning to kick off mass production for its 10nm process in 2016, while the 7nm process is scheduled to enter production on a trial basis in 2018. TSMC said it remains upbeat about global smartphone demand in 2015 as more and more consumers migrate to 4G telecom services from 3G, while sales of the world's smartphone market are expected to grow at a double-digit pace and the chip maker could reap benefits from the trend. The chip maker said it is also well-prepared for the development of the Internet of Things and hopes to secure a high share in the booming business. (By Jackson Chang and Frances Huang)


Updated : 2021-09-26 23:21 GMT+08:00