Spencer Chin, EE Times(03/31/2006 5:03 PM EST) MANHASSET, N.Y
. — The industry's insatiable appetite for consumer electronics and the trend toward 90 and 65-nm process geometries spells good times for the foundry industry, according to Charles Byers, director of worldwide brand management corporate marketing for Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company.
In an interview with EE Times here Friday (March 31), Byers, part of TSMC’s North American operation in San Jose, cited market data from IC Insights and company reports projecting global industry foundry sales to reach $22.1 billion in 2006, up from $16.8 billion last year.
During the fourth quarter of 2005, foundry revenue was $5 billion, of which TSMC accounted for roughly half, Byers quoted reports as stating. Despite an early-year projection from another TSMC executive of slowing IC growth, TSMC reported strong year-over-year sales in both January and February.
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