Gartner: Asia extends chipmaking lead

June 16, 2003 – Asian foundries are extending their lead in the global chipmaking industry, according to a recent report from Gartner Inc., Stamford, CT.

Led by Taiwan, which contributes 83% of the region’s output, the Asia Pacific region’s share of the worldwide chipmaking industry has climbed to nearly 80%, generating revenues of more than $8 billion. Last year the Asia-Pacific region held 78.1% market share. Gartner predicts the region will continue grow another 23% in 2003, to at least $10 billion.

The report also projects wafer shipments to increase by 26% and average selling price by 2%, quarter over quarter. Gartner analyst Tan Kay-Yang, author of the report, warns that despite improvements in the SARS epidemic and geopolitical uncertainty in the Middle East, the chipmaking market is not yet out of the woods.

“The overall semiconductor business sentiment continues to appear highly capricious and volatile in the second half,” he said.


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