Staff writer, with CNATaiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC, 台積電), the world’s largest contract chipmaker, remained the third-largest IC supplier in the world in the first quarter of this year, data released on Thursday by market advisory firm IC Insights showed. TSMC posted US$7.096 billion in sales in the January-to-March period, down 16 percent from last year amid weaker global demand, but its ranking remained unchanged, the data showed. Global semiconductor giant Intel Corp replaced Samsung Electronics Co as the world’s largest IC supplier, as the South Korean firm’s sales revenue plunged due to declining prices of dynamic random access memory chips and NAND flash chips used in storage, IC Insights said. SK Hynix Corp, another South Korean memorychip maker, saw its sales revenue fall 26 percent annually to US$5.90 billion, but it remained the fourth-largest IC supplier, the data showed. Sales revenue posted by the top 15 suppliers in the first quarter fell 16 percent from last year to US$68.47 billion, IC Insights said.
Source: Taipei Times May 19, 2019 15:56 UTC