SEMI: Si wafer shipments are up in Q2 2010

(August 5, 2010) — Worldwide silicon wafer area shipments increased during the second quarter of 2010 compared to first quarter 2010 area shipments, according to the SEMI Silicon Manufacturers Group (SMG) in its quarterly analysis of the silicon wafer industry.

Total silicon wafer area shipments were 2,365 million during the most recent quarter, a 7% increase from the 2,214 million shipped during the previous quarter. New quarterly total area shipments are 40% greater than second quarter 2009 shipments and are at their highest levels ever. 

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"Total silicon shipped in terms of MSI has finally exceeded the high-water mark set in the second quarter of 2008,” said Takashi Yamada, chairman of SEMI SMG and General Manager SUMCO. ”We are encouraged by five consecutive quarters of growth in silicon shipments and expect silicon shipments to continue to trend with devices.”

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. Silicon used for photovoltaics devices is not considered in this analysis.

Quarterly silicon area shipment trends. Semiconductor silicon shipments info does not include solar applications using silicon.
Q2 2009 1,686 millions of square inches
Q1 2010 2,214 millions of square inches
Q2 2010 2,365 millions of square inches

All data cited in this release is inclusive of polished silicon wafers, including virgin test wafers, epitaxial silicon wafers, and non-polished silicon wafers shipped by the wafer manufacturers to the end-users.

The Silicon Manufacturers Group acts as an independent special interest group within the SEMI structure and is open to SEMI members involved in manufacturing polycrystalline silicon, monocrystalline silicon or silicon wafers (e.g., as cut, polished, epi, etc.). The purpose of the group is to facilitate collective efforts on issues related to the silicon industry including the development of market information and statistics about the silicon industry and the semiconductor market.

SEMI is the global industry association serving the manufacturing supply chains for the microelectronic, display and photovoltaic industries. SEMI member companies are the engine of the future, enabling smarter, faster and more economical products that improve our lives. Since 1970, SEMI has been committed to helping members grow more profitably, create new markets and meet common industry challenges. SEMI maintains offices in Austin, Beijing, Bengaluru, Berlin, Brussels, Grenoble, Hsinchu, Moscow, San Jose, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo, and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit


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