Semiconductor industry posts near-record sales tota
TweetFollow Us on Twitter

Semiconductor industry posts near-record sales tota


The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), representing U.S. leadership in semiconductor manufacturing and design, announced that worldwide semiconductor sales for 2012 reached US$291.6 billion, the industry’s third-highest yearly total ever -- but a decrease of 2.7% from the record total of $299.5 billion set in 2011.

Total sales for the year narrowly beat expectations from the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization’s industry forecast. Global sales for the month of December 2012 hit $24.7 billion, a decline of 3% from the previous month when sales were $25.5 billion. Fourth quarter sales of $74.2 billion were 3.8% higher than the total of $71.5 billion from the fourth quarter of 2011. All monthly sales numbers represent a three-month moving average.

"Despite substantial macroeconomic challenges, the global semiconductor industry outperformed forecasts and posted one of its highest yearly sales totals in 2012," says Brian Toohey, president and CEO, Semiconductor Industry Association. "Recent momentum, led by strength in the Americas, has the industry well-positioned for a successful 2013."

The industry saw strong demand in several market segments during 2012. Logic was the largest semiconductor category, reaching $81.7 billion in 2012, a 3.7% increase compared to 2011. MOS microprocessors ($60.2 billion) and memory ($57 billion) rounded out the top three segments, but both lagged behind 2011 sales totals.

Optoelectronics was the fastest growing market on a yearly basis, increasing 13.4% in 2012 to reach $26.2 billion for the year. Optoelectronic applications offer energy efficiency and low cost in a wide range of products including mobile devices and cameras.  NAND flash -- used in a host of mobile devices, USB flash drives, memory cards and related products for the storage and transfer of data -- grew at the second-fastest rate of 4.1% to reach $25.4 billion in 2012.  

Regionally, the Americas continued to show signs of strength, increasing sales by 13.4% in December 2012 compared to December 2011 and by 12% in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to the third quarter of 2012. However, ongoing economic and policy uncertainty continues to pose risks to the near-term market outlook.

Sales in Asia Pacific during December also increased compared to the same month in 2011 (6.7%), while sales in Europe (-5.5%) and Japan (-11.2%) decreased over the same period. Total yearly sales in all four regions were lower in 2012 than 2011, with Asia Pacific (-0.6%) and the Americas (-1.5%) seeing the smallest declines. 

"Despite lingering economic and policy uncertainty, the U.S. semiconductor market continues to show signs of strength, posting impressive growth in December," continued Toohey. "As the foundation of all modern electronics, semiconductors are critical to America’s economic strength, national security and global competitiveness. By enacting measures that foster growth and remove uncertainty, policymakers can further strengthen the industry and help unlock its full potential in 2013 and beyond."

SIA’s 2013 Policy Roadmap is available at http://tinyurl.com/ac25pab .

 
AAPL
$524.75
Apple Inc.
-6.95
GOOG
$526.94
Google Inc.
-7.87
MSFT
$39.69
Microsoft Corpora
-0.30
MacNews Search:
Community Search:

Latest Forum Discussions

See All
view counter

view counter
view counter
view counter
view counter
view counter
view counter

Third Eye Crime: Act 1 (Games)
Third Eye Crime: Act 1 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: "You have to see Third Eye Crime" Touch Arcade"Third Eye Crime is unlike anything currently available for mobile devices in style and gameplay." Blast Magazine"The game looks like a Dick Tracy Sunday strip in motion"... | Read more »
Wayward Souls (Games)
Wayward Souls 1.00 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $4.99, Version: 1.00 (iTunes) Description: **Buy the game now at an introductory sale price of $4.99 USD. Every time we do a big content update, we will raise the price by a dollar. We plan to do several updates.** | Read more »
Leo's Fortune (Games)
Leo's Fortune 1.0.2 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $4.99, Version: 1.0.2 (iTunes) Description: Leo’s Fortune is a platform adventure game where you hunt down the cunning and mysterious thief that stole your gold. Beautifully hand-crafted levels bring the story of Leo to life in this epic adventure. | Read more »
iOOTP Baseball 2014 Edition Review
iOOTP Baseball 2014 Edition Review By Carter Dotson on April 23rd, 2014 Our Rating: :: SOLID CONTRACTUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad The long-running baseball simulator returns to mobile with a much-improved entry in the series.   | Read more »
148Apps Live on Twitch: Soccer Rally 2 w...
Soccer Rally 2 from IceFlame Games officially releases on Thursday, bringing perhaps the most realistic car soccer action to the App Store since the original released. David Deacon of IceFlame Games will join us on our Twitch channel to talk about the game, how they tried to improve it over the original, and perhaps playing their game in real life... | Read more »
NightCap Pro Review
NightCap Pro Review By Jennifer Allen on April 23rd, 2014 Our Rating: :: NIGHT TIME SNAPPINGUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad Taking photos in low light conditions has always been tricky, but NightCap Pro has just made it easier.   | Read more »
Plague Inc. has Mutated Yet Again – We’r...
Plague Inc. has Mutated Yet Again – We’re All Doomed Even More than Usual Posted by Rob Rich on April 23rd, 2014 [ permalink ] Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad | Read more »
Intake from Cipher Prime Coming to iPad...
Cipher Prime’s Inake is coming to iPad on May 1, as exclusively revealed yesterday on our Twitch channel. | Read more »
Gusto Email App Review
Gusto Email App Review By Jennifer Allen on April 23rd, 2014 Our Rating: :: POWERFUL SEARCHINGiPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad Focusing on making it easy to browse files and photos attached to your email, Gusto is a powerful solution.   | Read more »
New Update Adds Two More Cars to Fishlab...
New Update Adds Two More Cars to Fishlabs’ Sports Car Challenge 2 Posted by Rob Rich on April 23rd, 2014 [ permalink ] Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad | Read more »
All contents are Copyright 1984-2010 by Xplain Corporation. All rights reserved. Theme designed by Icreon.