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Global chip market up 9.2%

Posted: 23 Jul 2008     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:semiconductor  global market  market growth 

According to data from World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS), the global market for semiconductors grew 9.2 per cent reaching Rs.87,910.79 crore ($20.53 billion) in May 2008.

This is considerably more than the three-month moving average for May published by the U.S. Semiconductor Industry Association on June 30.

The actual data in May compares to an actual market size of Rs.82,986.42 crore ($19.38 billion) in April 2008, up 5.5 per cent on April 2007, and evidence of a gathering pace of market growth in 2008, despite concerns over the general economy.

On a geographic basis, the AsiaPacific region showed strongest growth reaching Rs.44,319.37 crore ($10.35 billion) in May, up 17.5 per cent from where it had been a year before. Japan's market was Rs.16,485.95 crore ($3.85 billion), up 3.1 per cent; Europe's market stood at Rs.13,531.33 crore ($3.16 billion), up 4.3 per cent while the America's region market was also Rs.13,531.33 crore ($3.16 billion), a contraction of 1.7 per cent from the value in May 2007.

The U.S. Semiconductor Industry Association publishes WSTS numbers 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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