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Downstream players scrambling to build up inventories amid tight wafer supply
Cage Chao, Taipei; Willis Ke, DIGITIMES
The semiconductor supply chain - especially chip vendors - as well as downstream distribution channels and end-market customers, are rushing to pile up inventories by the end of 2017, seeking to secure better sales performance in 2018 amid lingering...
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According to Digitimes Research, with global market demand on a moderate increase in second-quarter 2019, Taiwan-based semiconductor foundries showed recovery. TSMC, UMC and VIS together generated total revenues of US$9.13 billion in the second quarter, up 8.9% on quarter but down 2.5% on year.
According to Digitimes Research, Taiwan-based server vendors, including suppliers of motherboards, end systems, storage devices and related network equipment, continue to enjoy growth in 2018. In terms of volume, global server shipments will show continuing growth throughout 2018 and 2019.
Amid bleak outlook for downstream vendors, uncertainties surrounding the US-China trade tension, factory relocation and exchange rate volatility, global smartphone AP shipments may experience further decline in 2019, down two years in row, according to Digitimes Research estimates.