Outlook for worldwide semiconductor sales remains strong in 2001, SIA says

San Jose, California–The outlook for semiconductor sales in 2001 remains strong, the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) reported today as it announced that worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $18.28 billion in November 2000–an increase of 28.4% over the $14.24 billion a year ago.

“The chip industry remains on track to achieve sales of $205 billion in 2000. That’s an increase of 37.1% over 1999, and the first time annual industry sales will exceed $200 billion,” says SIA President George Scalise. “We expect to approach our historic 17% compound annual growth rate in the first quarter of 2001.”

The year-to-date increase in semiconductor sales was apparent in all geographical regions, with communications and Internet infrastructure markets experiencing the greatest growth in demand. Japan’s market grew 38.9%, followed by the Americas (30%), Europe (24.1%), and Asia/Pacific (20.9%).

Semiconductor product sectors that experienced strong growth in November included flash memory, standard cell, and communication-specific ICs. These products can be found in mobile phones, Internet infrastructure, and personal digital assistants, as well as in other communications and consumer products.


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