This year, Samsung is expected to regain its position as the world’s no.1 semiconductor supplier, citing poor memory conditions, the research agency IC Insights said. In addition, excluding TSMC, a pure foundry, Huawei HiSilicon will rank 15th and share Sony’s growth with an annual increase of 24%.
According to the survey data, the world’s top 5 semiconductor suppliers this year are estimated to be Intel, Samsung, TSMC, sk hynix and Micron, while the 6-10 are Broadcom, Qualcomm, Ti, Toshiba and Huida. The 10-15th place is Sony, ST, Infineon, NXP and MediaTek.
It is worth noting that among the top 15 companies that showed positive annual growth were TSMC (1%), Sony (24%) and MediaTek (1%), with Sony’s main beneficiary image sensors (CMOS) having the strongest year-on-year performance. Overall, sales at the top 15 semiconductor companies in the first half of 2019 are expected to be 15% lower than last year, and 2 percentage points lower than the 13% decline in the global semiconductor industry.
IC Insights further analyzed that the memory market is expected to decline 34% this year, of which Samsung, SK hynix and Micron three major plants declined by more than 29%, and SK hynix fell the most, with an estimated 38% annual decline. Intel is expected to become the largest semiconductor supplier again, with full-year sales estimated to be 26% higher than Samsung’s, following Samsung’s weak performance.
In addition, IC Insights pointed out that the top 15 plants include TSMC 1 pure fab factory and 4 fabless plants, if TSMC is excluded, Huawei Hayes will be ranked 15th, with total sales estimated to increase 24% to $7.5 billion a year.