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Chip sales reflect 11% annual rise

Posted: 03 Dec 2010     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:semiconductor sales  chip market  consumer products 

Bruce Diesen, an analyst at Carnegie Group says the three-month average of global chip sales for October is set to be Rs.1.18 lakh crore ($26.5 billion). Though the same as in September, it would represent a 21 per cent rise y-o-y compared to the 26 per cent annual rise seen in September, reflecting an actual annual sales rise of 11 per cent, Diesen said.

Cell phone and PC chip sales are expected to rise in October, compared to September with smartphones and low-end double SIM card phones as the strongest handset segments. Automotive and industrial chip sales are also expected to rise while basestation chips for mobile infrastructure will hold their own. According to Carnegie there is weakness in memory due to falling prices despite increased volumes. TV-related chips and instrumentation could be soft areas, too, Diesen said.

Diesen was forced to raise his estimate for 2010 chip market growth, but with just two months to go still does not see a 30 per cent growth year, unlike many other forecasters. "We expect 2011 semiconductor sales of 8 per cent, on top of an estimated 29 per cent growth this year. The expected slowdown in chip sales keeps getting pushed further into the future," he said.

- Peter Clarke
EE Times

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