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Global semi market reaps 12.2% in June

Posted: 13 Aug 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:IC? semiconductor? yield? manufacturing?

The global market for semiconductors was $25.52 billion in June 2008, up 12.2 percent on June 2007, according to World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS).

This is considerably better than the three-month moving average data for June published by the U.S. Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) earlier this month.

The actual data in June compares with an actual market size of $20.25 billion in May 2008, and is evidence of a gathering pace of market growth in 2008, despite concerns over the general economy.

On a geographic basis, the Asia-Pacific showed strongest growth reaching $13.19 billion in June, up 17.6 percent from last year's earnings. Japan's market was $4.28 billion, up 3 percent; Europe's market stood at $3.99 billion, up 7.5 percent while the America's regional market was $4.06 billion, a jump of 11.3 percent from the value in May 2007.

SIA publishes WSTS reports as a three-month average. It argues that this smoothes out the data which would otherwise display the effect of in-quarter reporting artifacts that tend to treat March, June, September and December as five-week months.

- Peter Clarke
EE Times Europe

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