02 Apr '12, 1pm

Samsung ninth going on fourth in foundry ranks, says Gartner: via @ee_times

Samsung ninth going on fourth in foundry ranks, says Gartner: via @ee_times

LONDON – The worldwide semiconductor foundry market totaled $29.8 billion in 2011, a 5.1 percent increase from 2010, according to market research firm Gartner Inc. The top four foundries held their rankings from the previous year. But of those four only the leader, TSMC, increased its market share, taking it to 48.8 percent of the total foundry business. Samsung, listed at position nine in the ranking, made about $1 billion of wafers for Apple in 2011 that are not counted as part of its foundry business, said Gartner. If those were bundled with Samsung's foundry business it would rank as the fourth largest foundry chip company. However, there is much speculation that Samsung may lose Apple business to TSMC with the introduction of the A6 processor. Although the foundry market overall outperformed the flat general semiconductor market, which stayed just below $300 billion, ...

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