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Q1 wafer shipments down, but demand should increase

Posted: 19 May 2003 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:fabless semiconductor association? wafer? fsa?

The Fabless Semiconductor Association (FSA) said wafer shipments dipped 5 percent in Q1 but is expected to slowly increase from now through 2004.

Companies participating in the survey raised their forecast growth in wafer demand for the remainder of 2003 and all of 2004, FSA said in a statement, which is consistent with prevailing market sentiment.

FSA, for its part, did not immediately provide shipment estimates. "The increase in wafer demand for the remaining quarters of 2003 indicates a growing sense of optimism on the part of foundry customers that a market recovery may be around the corner," said Jim Hines, principal analyst at Gartner Dataquest. "Visibility is limited, but certainly they can be expected to have some idea as to what the next 90 days holds in store."

Respondents also weighed in process technology, saying the 0.185m technology node will be the most popular in 2003 and 2004. Forty-one percent of wafer demand used 0.185m technology in the first quarter, FSA said.

As for 0.135m technology, which has had a bumpy ramp-up, FSA estimated 21 percent of total shipments will use the advanced node by Q4. That will increase to 29 percent for 2004.

FSA did not indicate whether average selling prices for ICs would increase.

- Mike Clendenin

EE Times

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