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U.S. Companies Dominate Worldwide IC Marketshare

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China and Taiwan companies register double-digit shares in the fabless segment but very low shares of the IDM IC segment.

IC Insights will release its 200+ page Mid-Year Update to the 2019 McClean Report next month. A portion of the Mid-Year Update will examine the trends for worldwide IC company marketshare by headquarters location.

Figure 1 shows the 2018 IDM and fabless company shares of IC sales as well as the total worldwide share of the IC market by company headquarters location.

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The U.S. companies’ held just over 50% of the total worldwide IC market in 2018 followed by the South Korean companies with a 27% share, up three percentage points from 2017. The Taiwanese companies, on the strength of their fabless company IC sales, held the same 6% share of total IC sales as the European companies. Overall, the South Korean and Japanese companies have an extremely weak presence in the fabless IC segment and the Taiwanese and Chinese companies have a very low share of the IDM portion of the IC market. Overall, U.S.-headquartered companies show the most balance with regard to IDM, fabless, and total IC industry marketshare.

Driven by a surge in DRAM and NAND flash memory IC sales in 2018, the South Korean-headquartered companies, primarily Samsung and SK Hynix, registered a 26% sales increase, outpacing the Chinese companies by three percentage points last year. The South Korean and Chinese companies were the only regions/countries to grow faster than the total IC industry (14%) last year. However, with the memory market expected to show a huge 30% drop in 2019, it is likely that the South Korean companies will go from “first to worst” regarding IC sales growth by company headquarters location this year as compared to last year.

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Intel on the decline + increasing competition in fabless makes me think no they will lose share in IDM and fabless. However, Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook all rolling their own will make up for much of that decline.
 
It is a bit misleading since it looks like they are counting HQs versus where the work is actually done. Here is the SemiWiki traffic distribution which is probably closer to the truth in regards to chip design. Except China because we are blocked from search there:

1. United States 41%
2. India 12%
3. China 10%
4. South Korea 8%
5. Taiwan 7%
6. Germany 6%
7. United Kingdom 5%
8. Japan 4%
9. France 3%
10. Canada 3%
 

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Dan, you are right, the SemiWiki traffic is a good indication about where chip design is made, and this is better than just HQ!
But chip design doesn't mean chip sales (IDM or Fabless)...
India is a good example: #2 with 12%. But how much in term of chip sales?
 
Dan, you are right, the SemiWiki traffic is a good indication about where chip design is made, and this is better than just HQ!
But chip design doesn't mean chip sales (IDM or Fabless)... India is a good example: #2 with 12%. But how much in term of chip sales?
Given the population unbalance China and India should be chip sales leaders:

China 1,367,485,388
India 1,251,695,584
United States 321,368,864
Indonesia 255,993,674
Brazil 204,259,812
Pakistan 199,085,847
Nigeria 181,562,056
Bangladesh 168,957,745
Russia 142,423,773
Japan 126,919,659
 
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