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Silicon wafer shipments up slightly in Q1

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

Keywords:silicon wafer shipment? semiconductors? consumer electronics?

Silicon wafer area shipments remained stable, with a one percent increase during Q1 compared to the Q4 2006 area shipments according to the SEMI Silicon Manufacturers Group (SMG) in its quarterly analysis of the silicon wafer industry.

Total silicon wafer area shipments were 2,100 million square inches in Q1, a minor increase from the 2,070 million square inches shipped during the previous quarter. The new quarterly total area shipments are about 11 percent above Q1 2006 shipments.

"In a traditionally seasonal weaker quarter, demand for silicon was effectively unchanged compared to Q4 of last year. In addition, an ongoing inventory correction throughout the supply chain impacted the market. Nevertheless the growth trend for 300 mm wafers remained intact," said Volker Braetsch, chairman SEMI SMG and corporate VP of Siltronic AG. "Not coming really as a surprise Asia maintained its strong momentum making up for weaker silicon area growth in the other regions."

Silicon wafers are the fundamental building material for semiconductors, which in turn, are vital components of virtually all electronics goods, including computers, telecommunications products, and consumer electronics.

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