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SIA reports global semiconductor sales surpass $19B in November

Posted: 04 Jan 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:microprocessors? dsps? drams? flash memory devices?

Worldwide sales of semiconductors grew to $19.02 billion in November, an increase of 1.3 percent from the $18.8 billion in October, and an increase of 18 percent from the $16.12 billion in October of 2003, the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) reported.

"Worldwide sales of semiconductors surpassed $19 billion in November, led by strong growth in sales of microprocessors, DSPs, DRAMs, and flash memory devices," said SIA President George Scalise. "Sales of PCs typically peak in the fourth quarter. Strength in microprocessors and DRAMs indicate PC sales reflect normal seasonal patterns. The wireless handset market has been somewhat stronger than recent forecasts, as evidenced by growth in DSP and flash memory products," Scalise added.

"Capacity utilization declined modestly, but remains above 90 percent," Scalise continued. "Actions taken by both customers and semiconductor manufacturers to address excess inventories in some market sectors appear to have been effective. We expect that excess inventories will not be a significant concern by the end of the first quarter of 2005," Scalise concluded.

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