Samsung LSI has been under fire of late due to abysmally low yields for its 4 nm process, which resulted in it losing a major customer in Qualcomm. However, Samsung Electronics still managed to output the most semiconductor wafers per month in 2021, according to a new report from Business Korea.
Of the 12 million 200 mm wafers produced per month in 2021, Samsung Electronics accounted for 4.5 million, representing a 20% rise in production capacity compared to 2020. TSMC came in second with 2.8 million wafers, followed by Micron with 2.05 million sheets, SK Hynix with 1.98 million wafers and Kioxia with 1.33 million.
Samsung's market share at the end of 2021 was around 17%. TSMC, Micron, SK Hynix and Kioxia held 13%, 10%, 9% and 6% of the market, respectively. The remaining 43% of the market is accounted for by smaller players who have not been named. TSMC's high positioning in the stack is doubly impressive when we consider that is a pure foundry business.
It is worth noting that the aforementioned wafers find their way into a plethora of electronic appliances, including mobile APs, IoT applications, volatile/non-volatile memory, and so on. Samsung's hegemony in the space isn't surprising, given its dominance over the NAND flash market, which has been thriving of late.
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