Second quarter shows increase in silicon wafer shipments Worldwide silicon wafer area shipments increased during the second quarter 2013 when compared to first quarter 2013 area shipments, according to the SEMI Silicon Manufacturers Group (SMG) in its quarterly analysis of the silicon wafer industry. Read more: Quarterly semiconductor sales increase 6%, outperforming industry forecast Total silicon wafer area shipments were 2,390 million square inches during the most recent quarter, a 12.3 percent increase from the 2,128 million square inches shipped during the previous quarter. New quarterly total area shipments are 2.3 percent lower than second quarter 2012 shipments. "Total quarterly silicon shipment volumes accelerated in the most recent quarter in contrast to the first quarter” said Byungseop (Brad) Hong, chairman of SEMI SMG and director of Global Marketing at LG Siltron. “As such, silicon shipment volumes for the first half of this year are trending at a slightly higher level than the first half of 2012.” Quarterly Silicon Area Shipment Trends Semiconductor Silicon Shipments* – Millions of Square Inches Million of Square Inches Q2 2012 Q1 2013 Q2 2013 TOTAL 2,447 2,128 2,390 *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. 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 nano- and micro-electronic manufacturing supply chains.