Forging a Regional Arena of Value Chains
The following article contains highlights from e-Manufacturing & Design Collaboration Symposium 2010 – a joint symposium with Advanced Equipment Control (AEC)/Advanced Process Control (APC)-Asia 2010.
For the past two decades, Taiwan has played an important role within the global semiconductor
ecosystem. And its role will become even more prominent and crucial as device dimensions
continue to shrink and investors take on more risk to manufacture state-of-the-art devices,
subsequently necessitating the elevated services of its semiconductor foundries.
With over one-third of semiconductor revenues directly generated by Asian companies
(Figure 1) and over 90 percent of fabless revenues indirectly facilitated by Asian foundries (Figure
2), Asia is having a substantial influence on value creation directly (via tangible amounts)
and indirectly (via services).
Figure 1. Percentage of Worldwide Semiconductor Revenue by Region
Asia accounts for over one-third of annual semiconductor revenues.