GlobalFoundries shakes up fab top ten

AMD fab spin-off GlobalFoundries Inc. has muscled its way into the top five foundries in a list just published by chip counters at IC Insights Inc.

Taiwan's TSMC tops the list, with a big gap between it an second-placed UMC. IC Insights' analysts reckon.

TSMC's revenue in 2009 was more than three times that of UMC, which in turn had more than the combined foundry sales of third and fourth placed Chartered Semi and SMIC,' the insightful ones reckon.

The lising pre-dates GlobalFoundries acquisition of Chartered towards the end of the year. Combined sales for the merged outfit would have been worth over $1.6 billion in 2009 the report suggests.

''The combined sales of Chartered and GlobalFoundries would have been just over $2.6 billion in 2009, enough to put the combined company's sales only eight per cent behind second-ranked UMC.''

Another notable gain in terms of market share was posted by TowerJazz. Israel's Tower Semiconductor Ltd bought Jazz over a year ago and looks to have consolidated its business and can look forward to a decent 2010, if the report is to be believed..

Of the top ten, Samsung and IBM have seen the most slippage and need to soerttheir acts out in the coming months.

Here's the top ten, along with approximate sales figures:

Who? How much? ($)

1. TSMC $8.989 billion

2. UMC $2.815 billion

3. Chartered $1.540 billion

4. SMIC $1.075 billion

5. GlobalFoundries $1.065 billion

6. Dongbu $395 million

7. Vanguard $382 million

8. IBM $335 million

9. Samsung $325 million

10. Grace $310 million

Source: IC Insights