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TSMC Enters 2002 Top 10 Ranking; Japanese IC Producers’ 2002 Marketshare Drops to 22%

IC Insights’ Newly Released McClean Report 2003 Details IC Industry Trends and Forecasts

Scottsdale, Arizona — January 13, 2003 — Figure 1 lists the top 10 worldwide semiconductor (ICs and discretes) sales leaders for 2002. As shown, Intel was almost three times the size of Samsung, the number two ranked company. In fact, Intel represented about one-third of the total top 10 semiconductor companies’ sales in 2002.

For the first time ever, a Taiwanese company made the top ten ranking. As shown, TSMC, the leading pure-play foundry, rose from being ranked 14th in 2001 to number 10 in 2002. TSMC’s entry into the top ten ranking displaced Philips, which had $4.4 billion in semiconductor sales in 2002.

In 2003, a major re-alignment of the Japanese semiconductor industry will continue with Hitachi and Mitsubishi, the third and fifth largest Japanese suppliers, respectively, forming a joint venture called Renesas Technology Corp. Renesas will include all non-DRAM semiconductor production from both companies. This new company will begin operations with about $8.3 billion in semiconductor sales, which would have ranked it as the third-largest semiconductor company in the world in 2002!

Besides TSMC, the only top 10 companies to grow 10 percent or greater in 2002 were Samsung and Infineon. Both Samsung and Infineon took advantage of a growing DRAM market (the fastest growing IC product segment in 2002) to help spur their 2002 IC sales increases. The growth registered by TSMC, Samsung, and Infineon helped the top 10 semiconductor suppliers grow 7 percent as a group in 2002, much better than the worldwide semiconductor market increase of only 1 percent.

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Figure 2 shows a breakdown of worldwide IC sales by company (according to headquarters location) from 1982 through 2002. As shown, North American companies held the highest share of total worldwide IC sales in 1982, but their share declined through 1988. The share lost by North American companies between 1982 and 1988 was gained by Japanese companies, which invested heavily in manufacturing capacity during this time. However, since then, the Japanese companies’ share has severely declined (to only 22 percent in 2002) due to weakness in Japan’s economy, capital spending cutbacks by the Japanese semiconductor suppliers, and greater competition in the memory market from companies in other countries of the Asia-Pacific region.

It is interesting to note that the European IC companies’ share has resided between 8-10 percent since 1982. Overall, there are only three major European IC companies remaining (ST, Infineon, and Philips), the rest being much smaller in size.

As shown, the ROW (Rest-Of-World, including South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, China, etc.) companies gained three points of marketshare in 2002. Since 1994, the ROW companies have doubled their IC marketshare! With IC production by ROW foundries expected to dramatically increase, IC Insights believes that the ROW companies’ share of worldwide IC sales will exceed 25 percent by 2010.

The new 2003 edition of The McClean Report contains over 400 pages and over 400 charts and figures that detail IC industry trends and forecasts through 2007. A free half-day seminar and monthly updates throughout 2003 are included as part of The McClean Report subscription. For further information, contact IC Insights.

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