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Revised forecast dims IC market growth outlook

Posted: 18 Apr 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:global IC market? flash memory? microprocessor product?

IC Insights Inc. is the latest research firm to lower its IC market forecast citing inventory adjustments and memory pricing pressures.

The firm is cutting back its expectations for full-year 2007 worldwide IC market growth from 7 percent to 2 percent. It attributed the new forecast to excess inventories in the IC industry, severe pricing pressures in the flash memory and microprocessor product segments, and the recent start of a major DRAM price collapse.

IC Insights also sees the ''the beginning of a noticeable inventory correction.'' The ominous signs started in February.

''This was by far the largest February sequential decline in the IC market in the past 30 years and may have been the largest February/January decline in the history of the IC industry,'' according to the firm.

- Mark Lapedus
EE Times

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