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Global silicon wafer shipments drops in Q3

Posted: 15 Nov 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:silicon wafer shipment? consumer electronics? semiconductor devices?

According to the latest data from SEMI Silicon Manufacturers Group (SMG), global silicon wafer area shipments declined in 3Q12. Total silicon wafer area shipments were 2,389 million square inches during the most recent quarter, a two per cent decrease from the 2,447 million square inches shipped QoQ. New quarterly total area shipments are one per cent greater than 3Q11 shipments, added SMG.

"The positive shipment volume growth experienced during Q2 did not continue into Q3 as wafer demand declined," said Bruce Kellerman, chair of SEMI SMG. "Ongoing market uncertainties continue to hinder a full recovery as the semiconductor industry encounters slower conditions than anticipated earlier in the year."

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. The highly engineered thin round disks are produced in various diameters (from 1-12in) and serve as the substrate material on which most semiconductor devices or "chips" are fabricated.

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