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Silicon wafer area shipments up 19 percent in '02

Posted: 20 Feb 2003 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:silicon wafer? semi? wafer industry?

Worldwide silicon wafer area shipments have increased by 19 percent in 2002, as compared to that of 2001, according to Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI) in its quarterly analysis of the silicon wafer industry. Revenues, however, reportedly grew only by six percent in 2002 compared to 2001.

SEMI further said that silicon wafer area shipments in 2002 totaled 4,681 million square inches (MSI), up from the 3,940 MSI shipped during 2001. Revenues also grew to $5.5 billion from $5.2 billion posted in 2001. However, Q4 silicon area shipments declined 10 percent from the prior quarter, but were more than 29 percent higher than 2001 Q4, added SEMI.

"We are pleased with the area shipment improvement in 2002," said Stanley T. Myers, president and CEO of SEMI. "However, the lower revenue growth indicates that silicon manufacturers will continue to face difficult decisions regarding technology and capacity investments, especially as fabs ramp up with advanced design rules."

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