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Chip sales increase 2.6 percent in March '03

Posted: 30 Apr 2003 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:sia? semiconductor? mpu? wi fi? dsp?

Worldwide semiconductor sales rose to $12.1 billion in March 2003, a 2.6 percent sequential increase from the $11.8 billion in revenue reported in February 2003, reported the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA). For Q1 of 2003, industry sales were $36.4 billion, a 3.2 percent sequential decline from Q4 of 2002 and a 13 percent increase from the $32.19 billion in industry revenue reported in 2002's Q1.

"A number of the products that were weak in February reversed course, showing renewed demand in March," stated George Scalise, president of SIA. "The sequential revenue increase we recorded in March, and the 13 percent year-over-year revenue gain for Q1, under trying global geopolitical conditions, demonstrates once again the resilience and strength of this industry."

"We continue to expect double digit growth for 2003," Scalise said, "led by continuing increases in consumer purchases of PCs, an anticipated corporate PC upgrade cycle later in the year, and a strong global wireless sector. The emerging Wi-Fi sector will add strength to the market as new products are introduced during the year."

According to SIA, among product gains in March, MPUs sold into computers rose by 5.9 percent, DSPs and Flash memory used in cellphones were up 2 percent, and optoelectronics were up by 7.7 percent.

As for worldwide sales, the Asia-Pacific market registered the largest chip consumption with 36 percent of overall consumption, up by 17.2 percent year over year in March. Meanwhile, sales in Japan had a 23 percent share, rising by 33.5 percent.

Further, sales in Europe, now said to be the third largest market, rose by 11.3 percent in March, while sales in the Americas, with a 20 percent market share, fell by 8 percent. SIA explained that the decline reflects the migration of the electronic equipment market - including component sourcing, design services, and electronic equipment production, to Asia.

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