Samsung Electronics, a leader in the semiconductor market, took fourth in the foundry rankings. American and Taiwanese companies seized the world’s top of the foundry sector, which only produce without semiconductor engineering design.
According to semiconductor market research firm IC Insights and Gartner on May 6, the world's number one semiconductor foundry Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC) retained its number one position in the worlds semiconductor foundry ranking in 2015, followed by the U.S.’ Globalfoundries, Taiwan’s UMC, Samsung Electronics, China’s SMIC, Taiwan’s Powerchip Technology, Israel’s Tower Jazz, Japan’s Fujitsu, Taiwan’s Vanguard and China’s Hua Hong Semi.
According to the data from IC Insights, sales of TSMC, the No.1 in the market, reached US$19.9 billion (23 trillion won). The figure is 5.8 times higher than that of Samsung Electronics at US$3.4 billion (3.93 trillion won). Gartner also said that TSMC accounted for 54.3 percent in the market, which is 10 times higher than Samsung Electronics with a 5.3 percent share. TSMC specializes in only foundry without its own design. It also produces application processors (AP) for Apple’s iPhones. Samsung Electronics also produces APs for Apple on consignment basis.
Globalfoundries, the second ranked semiconductor chip contract manufacturer, took over the semiconductor division at IBM and increased its production capability.