09 Aug '13, 4am

Apple shift in chip #manufacturing strategy boosts semiconductor foundry... #semiconductors via @semiconductor

Apple shift in chip manufacturing strategy boosts semiconductor foundry business in 2013, says IHS Press release; Jessie Shen, DIGITIMES [Friday 9 August 2013] In an illustration of the massive power it wields in the electronics supply chain, Apple's migration of the production of key semiconductors from Samsung Electronics to pure-play foundries will single-handedly boost the growth of the chip contract manufacturing market in 2013, according to IHS. By the end of 2013, pure-play semiconductor foundry market revenues are forecast to rise 21% compared to 2012, said IHS. In contrast, takings for the overall semiconductor industry will expand by a more staid 5%. The pure-play foundry industry is already on track to achieve such growth in 2013 with revenues amounting to US$8.2 billion in the first quarter, up 4% from US$7.9 billion in the fourth quarter of 2012. In comparison...

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