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Global chip sales posts 26.6 percent growth

Posted: 05 Mar 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:semiconductor? semiconductor industry association? programmable logic devices?

Worldwide sales of semiconductors rose to $15.5 billion in January this year, a 26.6 percent year-over-year increase from the $12.28 billion recorded in January last year, while sales also recorded a typical month-over-month decrease in January this year of 3.0 percent from December 2003, Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) reported.

"For more than a decade now, with the exception of the boom year 2000, sales have been slightly lower in January than December because of the seasonality of the semiconductor industry," says SIA President George Scalise. "We continue to expect sales for all of 2004 to meet the current forecast of 19.4 percent with broad-based strength in all major end-markets, especially computation, communications, global consumer and automotive," he adds.

The communications, computer and consumer sectors are forecast to drive performance this year, as consumers migrate to new mobile technologies, the wireline business strengthens, businesses upgrade information technology systems, and the economy continues to grow. Reflecting typical seasonal demand patterns, nine out of twelve product sectors were down modestly in January from December levels, while standard cells, analog and programmable logic devices (PLD) recorded flat to modestly rising growth owing to the renewed strength of the wired market.

Sales in all geographic markets were down in January from December, but up strongly over January 2003 levels, including a 34 percent rise in the Asia Pacific market, propelled by growth in China. In addition, the Americas grew 14.8 percent, Europe 19.5 percent, and Japan 32 percent.

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