Apple Drove Entire Foundry Sales Increase at TSMC in 2015

Without Apple, TSMC’s 2015 foundry sales would have dropped by 2% as compared to a 6% increase.

IC Insights’ April Update to the 2016 McClean Report, to be released later this week, includes IC Insights’ final 2015 top 50 company rankings for total semiconductor and IC sales as well as rankings of the leading suppliers of DRAM, flash memory, MPUs, IC foundry services, etc.

Figure 1 ranks the top 13 IC foundries (pure-play and IDM) by foundry sales in 2015.

Figure 1

TSMC, by far, was the leader with $26.4 billion in sales last year.  In fact, TSMC’s 2015 sales were over 5x that of second-ranked GlobalFoundries (even with the addition of IBM’s chip business in the second half of 2015) and almost 12x the sales of the fifth-ranked China-based foundry SMIC.  As shown, there are only two IDM foundries in the ranking—Samsung and Fujitsu—after IBM and Magnachip fell from the list in 2015.  Despite losing a significant amount of Apple’s business, Samsung easily remained the largest IDM foundry last year, with more than 3x the sales of Fujitsu, the second-largest IDM foundry.

Illustrating the dramatic effect of exchange rate fluctuations on the IC sales numbers, TSMC’s 2015 growth rate was about half (6%) of what it was in its local currency (11%).  Thus, while the company met its stated goal of 10% or better growth in 2015 in NT dollars (840.5 billion), its growth rate in U.S. dollars was only 6%.

Driving home just how important Apple’s foundry business is, TSMC’s foundry sales increased by $1,464 million last year while its sales to Apple jumped by $1,990 million, representing more than 100% of TSMC’s total foundry sales increase in 2015.   As a result, without Apple, TSMC’s foundry sales would have declined by 2% last year, eight points less than the 6% increase it logged when including Apple.

Second ranked GlobalFoundries took over IBM’s IC business in early July of 2015.  It should be noted that besides $515 million in IDM foundry sales IBM made in 2014, the company also had about $1.0 billion of internal transfer IC revenue that year.  As a result, GlobalFoundries’ quarterly sales in 4Q15 were about $1.4 billion, an annual run-rate of $5.6 billion, about 12% greater than the company’s 2015 sales of $5.0 billion.  However, without the addition of IBM’s sales in the second half of last year, GlobalFoundries’ sales would have declined by 2% in 2015.

Sales from the top 13 foundries’ shown in Figure 1 were $46.7 billion and represented 93% of the $50.3 billion in total foundry sales in 2015.  This share was two points higher than the 91% share the top 13 represented two years earlier in 2013.  With the barriers to entry (e.g., fab costs, access to leading edge technology, etc.) into the foundry business being so high and rising, IC Insights expects this “top 13” marketshare figure to continue to slowly rise in the future.
 
Report Details:  The 2016 McClean Report 2016
 
Additional details on semiconductor sales rankings are included in the 2016 edition of IC Insights’ flagship report, The McClean Report—A Complete Analysis and Forecast of the Integrated Circuit Industry.  A subscription to The McClean Report includes  free monthly updates from March through November (including a 250+ page Mid-Year Update), and  free access to subscriber-only webinars throughout the year.  An individual-user license to the 2016 edition of The McClean Report is priced at $3,890 and includes an Internet access password.  A multi-user worldwide corporate license is available for $6,890.
 
To review additional information about IC Insights’ new and existing market research reports and services please visit our website:  www.icinsights.com.
 
 
Contact:
 
Bill McClean
President of IC Insights.
Phone: +1-480-348-1133
email:  Email Contact



Review Article Be the first to review this article
CST Webinar Series

EMA:

Featured Video
Editorial
Peggy AycinenaWhat Would Joe Do?
by Peggy Aycinena
Retail Therapy: Jump starting Black Friday
Peggy AycinenaIP Showcase
by Peggy Aycinena
REUSE 2016: Addressing the Four Freedoms
More Editorial  
Jobs
Manager, Field Applications Engineering for Real Intent at Sunnyvale, CA
AE-APPS SUPPORT/TMM for EDA Careers at San Jose-SOCAL-AZ, CA
Development Engineer-WEB SKILLS +++ for EDA Careers at North Valley, CA
FAE FIELD APPLICATIONS SAN DIEGO for EDA Careers at San Diego, CA
ACCOUNT MANAGER MUNICH GERMANY EU for EDA Careers at MUNICH, Germany
Upcoming Events
Zuken Innovation World 2017, April 24 - 26, 2017, Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa in Hilton Head Island, SC at Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa Hilton Head Island NC - Apr 24 - 26, 2017
CST Webinar Series



Internet Business Systems © 2016 Internet Business Systems, Inc.
595 Millich Dr., Suite 216, Campbell, CA 95008
+1 (408)-337-6870 — Contact Us, or visit our other sites:
AECCafe - Architectural Design and Engineering TechJobsCafe - Technical Jobs and Resumes GISCafe - Geographical Information Services  MCADCafe - Mechanical Design and Engineering ShareCG - Share Computer Graphic (CG) Animation, 3D Art and 3D Models
  Privacy Policy