LONDON — July chip sales at leading foundry chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. dipped compared with June but were still up 7.3 percent over 2012.
TSMC, which is based in Hsinchu, Taiwan, has reported consolidated net sales for July of NT$52.10 billion (about US$1.74 billion), a decrease of 3.6 percent from June 2013. The company's revenues for the first seven months of the year were NT$340.75 billion ($11.41 billion), an increase of 20.7 percent compared to the same period in 2012.
The more modest monthly growth dragged the year-to-date growth back from the 23.5 percent growth shown in the first six months of the year.
One minor contributor to the reduced growth was that, beginning in July 2013, TSMC no longer includes the sales of Xintex Inc., a back-end assembly company, in consolidated revenues. This reduced TSMC's July revenues by NT$305 million ($10.2 million).
July wafer sales at rival foundry United Microelectronics Corp. were up 11.6 percent year-on-year and 7.4 percent sequentially to NT$11.56 billion ($390 million), the company reported. This strong growth spurt lifted the year-to-date sales for the first seven months of 2013 to NT$71.24 billion ($2.38 billion), up 6.3 percent on the same period in 2012.