Thursday, August 5, 2010

2Q global silicon wafer area shipments at highest level ever

KUALA LUMPUR: Global silicon wafer area shipments rose 7% to 2,365 million square inches (MSI) in the second quarter ended June 30 from the first quarter and jumped 40% from a year ago.

The US-based SEMI Silicon Manufacturers Group (SMG) said on Wednesday, Aug 4 that new quarterly total area shipments were 40% above than 2Q 2009 shipments and were at their highest levels ever.

In its quarterly analysis of the silicon wafer industry, it said total silicon shipped in terms of MSI has finally exceeded the high-water mark set in the second quarter of 2008.

"We are encouraged by five consecutive quarters of growth in silicon shipments and expect silicon shipments to continue to trend with devices," said Takashi Yamada, chairman of SEMI SMG and general manager SUMCO.

Shipments are for semiconductor applications only and do not include solar applications

Silicon wafers are the fundamental building material for semiconductors, which in turn, are vital components of virtually all electronics goods, including computers, telecommunications products, and consumer electronics.

The highly engineered thin round disks are produced in various diameters (from one inch to 12 inches) and serve as the substrate material on which most semiconductor devices or "chips" are fabricated.

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