(August 17, 2005) San Jose, Calif. — Worldwide silicon wafer area shipments increased 10% during Q2 2005 when compared to Q1 area shipments, according to the SEMI Silicon Manufacturers Group (SMG) in its quarterly analysis. Total silicon wafer area shipments were 1,606 million sq. in. during the most recent quarter, up from 1,465 million sq. in. shipped during the previous quarter. The new quarterly total area shipments are 1% below Q2 2004 shipments.