Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC), a contract maker of semiconductors based in mainland
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and United Microelectronics Corp. of
SMIC snatched up 6.4% of the world market last year with sales totaling $1.17 billion, compared with Chartered’s 6.2% and sales of $1.13 billion. SMIC’s 2005 sales result represented a 20.1% gain from a year earlier, while Chartered’s was up 2.6%, notes CENS. IBM Corp.’s foundry business was ranked as the No.5 competitor with a market share of 4.5%. The foundry unit had sales of US$823 million last year, inching up 2.1% from 2004.
Other companies participating in the Top 10 contract makers of semiconductors in 2005 are MagnaChip Semiconductor Ltd. (2.1% market share, $396 million in sales), Vanguard Semiconductor International Corp. (1.9% market share, $354 million in revenue), Dongbu (1.9% market share, $347 in sales), Hua Hong NEC (1.7% of the market, $305 million earnings) and Jazz Semiconductor (1.1% market share, $210 million in revenue).