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Global chip market keeps momentum into 2013, says SIA

Posted: 07 Mar 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Semiconductor Industry Association? chip market? economic growth?

According to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), the three-month average for global chip sales in January was $24.05 billion. The global chip market experienced an increase of 3.8 per cent from January 2012 when sales were at $23.16 billion.

Brian Toohey, CEO of the SIA, stated that the global semiconductor industry has built on its momentum from the end of 2012 with an encouraging start to 2013. However, he added that despite continuing strength in the Americas, the ongoing economic uncertainty is holding back more robust growth.

The averaged number for January 2013 was 2.8 per cent lower than the December 2012 total of $24.74 billion, reflecting normal seasonal trends, the SIA said.

The Americas region posted its highest sales total of any January since 2001. Regionally, year-over-year sales increased in the Americas by 10.5 per cent and in the Asia-Pacific region by 7.8 per cent. However, in Europe they decreased by 4.9 per cent and Japan by 12.3 per cent.

Monthly data is given by the SIA as a three-month average, although the source of the data, the WSTS organisation, tracks actual monthly data. The SIA and other regional semiconductor industry bodies opt to use averaged data because it irons out the actual data that typically show troughs at the beginnings of the quarters and peaks at the ends of the quarters.


Figure 1: Global three-month averaged chip sales for January 2013 by region in U.S. dollar billions. Source: SIA.

- Peter Clarke
??EE Times

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