Global wafer semiconductor foundries under pressure to make adavances in data capacity scales: Report Buyer

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Wafer market increasingly driven by growing smart phone and tablet popularity

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Since 2011, major wafer semiconductor foundries have been pushing to expand advanced wafer processing capacity scales technology. The report 'Research on Global and China Wafer Foundry Industry 2012' states that the growing smart phone and tablet PC market is driving the demand advance processes, therefore wafer foundries including TSMC, UMC, Global Foundries and Samsung have actively increased production capacity.

In 2011, the annual output value of global semiconductor foundries was nearly $30 billion, and TSMC occupied more than 40% of the market share. With the growth of UMC, Samsung, Intel and GlobalFoundries, in order to maintain the leading position, TSMC invested $5.9 billion to expand 12-inch plant and improve the production capacities of 65/55 nm and 40 nm, and the capital expenditure amounted to $ 7.8 billion in 2011, mainly invested in Wafer Fifteenth Factory. In 2012, the capital expenditure hit $8-8.5 billion.

According to 'Research on Global and China Wafer Foundry Industry 2012' the global market share of China mainland's wafer foundry market reached 13.3% in 2006. However, this proportion decreased year by year, and the global market share dropped to 10% and less than 9% in 2010 and 2011 respectively.
Read more from the report here:'Research on Global and China Wafer Foundry Industry 2012'

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