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Silicon wafer revenue grew 43% in 2010

Posted: 09 Feb 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:silicon wafer revenue? IC revenue? fab materials revenue?

Industry association SEMI reports that revenue for silicon wafer shipments from chip vendors to fabs totaled $10.19 billion in 2010, up 43 percent from 2009, and will increase by 5.9 percent this year.

The fact that IC revenue increased by 31.8 percent in 2010 to $298.31 billion suggests that either there was some building of circuits for inventory and some attrition of the average selling price for ICs.

Growth was strong for all wafer diameters. Both 150- and 200mm wafer shipments increased by rates comparable to 300mm wafer shipments last year. Overall, 6 percent wafer shipment growth is currently estimated for 2011, with 300mm shipments likely growing in the range of 11-13 percent. Both 150- and 200mm should see slower growth, with increases in the 2-3 percent range forecasted.

Wafers shipped

Figure 1: Historical data on wafers shipped. Source: SEMI

Revenue for materialsshown in the tableincreased by 29 percent in 2010 with silicon wafer revenue increasing by 43 percent. The segment is forecasted to rise 5.9 percent to reach $10.79 billion in 2011. Photoresists and related ancillary chemicals needed for lithographic processing grew to $2.45 billion last year and are forecast to grow to over $2.5 billion. The CMP material market is expected to increase by 9 percent in 2011 to reach almost $1.3 billion. The outlook of 5.5 percent revenue growth for total fab materials is in line with current expectations of modest single-digit growth for the semiconductor industry in 2011.


Figure 2: Revenue generated by material. Source: SEMI

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