Taiwan wafer foundry industry, 3Q 2022

Eric Chen, DIGITIMES Research, Taipei 0

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The four leading Taiwan-based foundries - TSMC, UMC, PSMC and VIS - together are on course to generate revenues exceeding US$90 billion in 2022, soaring 31.8% from a year ago.

The four foundries' capacity utilization will fall back in second-half 2022 but they can still expect higher revenues in the second half than in the first. Going into 2023, the Taiwan foundry industry is expected to see its revenues further grow by about 6% despite uncertainties over the global economy and inventory digestion.

In first-half 2022, although market demand for end devices including smartphones and notebooks fell weak, IC suppliers did not reduce their orders with foundries in haste. Having entered into long-term agreements (LTA) and made advanced payments, they chose to reallocate their foundry orders to automotive and networking chips, which allowed the Taiwan-based foundries to still maintain full capacity utilization.

In second-half 2022, new product launches by Apple, AMD and MediaTek on top of increasing orders from Qualcomm, Nvidia and TSMC will fuel further growth in TSMC's revenues, allowing the Taiwan foundry industry to achieve higher second-half 2022 revenues than in the first.

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