The global IC foundry industry output value will grow at a CAGR of 5.2% from 2016 to 2021, according to Digitimes Research.
The output value of the IC foundry industry worldwide is forecast to reach US$66.57 billion in 2021, up from US$50.7 billion in 2016, said Digitimes Research.
Smartphones will continue to provide growth momentum for the global IC foundry industry over the next five years. Meanwhile, automotive electronics, High-performance computing (HPC), Internet of Things (IoT), and applications related to virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) will enter their growth stages, driving industry growth during the five-year period, Digitimes Research indicated.
The world's top-four pure-play foundries – TSMC, Globalfoundries, UMC and SMIC – will see their production capacity reach a combined 53,954,000 8-inch equivalent wafers in 2021, representing a CAGR of 5.8% from 2016 to 2021, Digitimes Research said.
TSMC is set to move its 10nm FinFET process to volume production later in the second half of 2016. The node will start generating revenues at TSMC in the first quarter of 2017. TSMC is also expected to start making 7nm FinFET chips in early 2018, and 7nm chips using EUV lithography in 2019, Digitimes Research noted.
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