August chip sales at leading foundry Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. showed little sign of the tepidity previously forecast for the third quarter by the company. (See: TSMC Forecasts Tepid Q3.)
TSMC, based in Hsinchu, Taiwan, reported consolidated net sales for August 2013 of approximately NT$55.09 billion (about US$1.86 billion), an increase of 5.7 percent from July 2013 and an increase of 11.2 percent over August 2012.
Over the previous 10 years TSMC's August sales were, on average, up 2 percent sequentially, according to EE Times calculations, making the latest result a relatively strong one.
The company's revenues for the first eight months of the year were NT$395.84 billion ($13.37 billion), an increase of 19.3 percent compared to the same period in 2012. However, September sales often slip back sequentially at TSMC. The company needs to record between about NT$54 billion and NT$57 billion in this month to meet its previous guidance for third-quarter revenue, which was between NT$161 billion and NT$164 billion.
By way of comparison, foundry United Microelectronics Corp. reported August wafer sales that declined sequentially by 4.8 percent and were up 6.2 percent year-on-year at NT$11.00 billion ($372 million). UMC's year-to-date sales for the first eight months of 2013 were NT$82.24 billion ($2.78 billion), up 6.3 percent on the same period in 2012.