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Global chip market continues upward course

Posted: 07 May 2014 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:SIA? WSTS? chip?

The global chip industry rides a continued upward trend in sales, with a three-month average record of $26.16 million in March or an 11.4 per cent hike over the equivalent figure in 2013, according to the data compiled by the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) referenced by the United States Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).

Sequentially the three-month average sales were up 0.4 per cent from 26.04 billion in February 2014, a figure that had been revised upwards from $25.87 billion. The uplift for February resulted in year-on-year growth of 12.1 per cent in February and, in consequence a slight moderation in the growth rate in March. Nonetheless, first quarter global chip sales were the highest ever.

Sales in the Americas region were up by 16.1 per cent compared to last March and the Asia-Pacific region was up by 12.9 per cent. Europe showed 8 per cent annual growth. In Japan, sales increased by 0.4 per cent, putting all four regions into growth. The Americas and European regions showed reduced growth compared with the month before while Asia-Pacific and Japan raised their growth rates.

March 2014 chip sales tally

Three-month average chip sales in February 2014. Source: SIA/WST.

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

- Peter Clarke
??EE Times Europe

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