Samsung’s sales in the foundry market plummet in the first quarter following the suspension of a plant in the United States, Telecom News, ET Telecom
Samsung’s foundry business recorded a 17% market share between January and March, up from 18% a quarter earlier, after revenue fell 2% to $ 4.108 billion, according to the tracker’s latest report. of the TrendForce industry.
“In February, an abnormal winter storm in Texas caused power outages in Austin and forced Samsung to temporarily shut down its nearby Line S2 factory,” TrendForce said.
“The suspension of entry of wafers into the plant for almost a month made Samsung one of the very few foundries to report a decline in sales in 1Q21.”
Samsung, also the world’s largest producer of memory chips, earlier said it suffered more than 300 billion won ($ 270 million) in damage due to a disruption in wafer production at its Texas plant, reports Yonhap news agency.
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) increased its dominant market share by 1 percentage point to 55% in the first quarter with revenue of $ 12.9 billion, up 2% from the last three month of 2020.
“TSMC’s main revenue drivers have been its 7nm and 16/12nm nodes,” he said. “Revenues from the 7nm foundry service continued to grow at a steady pace thanks to orders from AMD, MediaTek and Qualcomm, recording a 23% increase in QoQ for 1Q21.
Another Taiwanese chipmaker, United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC), took third place in the foundry market with a 7% share, with revenue increasing 5% quarter-on-quarter to $ 1.67 billion.
According to TrendForce, the total quarterly revenue of the top 10 foundries increased 1% quarter-on-quarter to a record high of $ 22.75 billion in the first quarter.
“Due to the increasing demand for various end devices, manufacturers have stepped up their component sourcing activities and as a result foundry capacities have been in short supply since 2020 with various foundries increasing their wafer prices and adjusting their ranges of wafers. products to ensure profitability, “It said.
The market research has predicted that the total turnover of the top 10 foundries will likely hit a new high with an increase of 1-3% expected in the second quarter of the year.