Flat silicon wafer shipments will pick up in 2012, 2013

October 12, 2011 — SEMI’s annual semiconductor silicon shipment forecast provides an outlook for silicon demand for 2011-2013.

SEMI recorded that polished and epitaxial silicon shipments will hit 9,131 million square inches (MSI) in 2011, 9,529 MSI in 2012, and 9,995 MSI in 2013 (table). Silicon wafers are the basis of virtually all semiconductors and MEMS, and epi-wafers are the basis of products like LEDs.

While the market has currently softened, early-2011 momentum will carry the year’s semiconductor silicon sales to a higher total than 2010, said Stanley T. Myers, president and CEO of SEMI, noting the figures are an industry record. Growth will continue at "modest levels" through 2013.

Table. 2011 silicon forecast, total Si slices excluding non-polished. SOURCE: SEMI, October 2011.
  2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Millions of square inches (MSI) 6,554 9,121 9,131 9,529 9,995
Annual growth (%)  -17 39 0 4 5

Also read SEMI’s report from August 2011, Silicon wafer shipments ride out Japan disaster

The data are inclusive of polished silicon wafers, including virgin test wafers, and epitaxial silicon wafers shipped by wafer manufacturers to semiconductor end-users.

SEMI is a global industry association serving the nano- and microelectronic manufacturing supply chains. For more information, visit www.semi.org.

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