Flat chip sales in June, says SIA


Global semiconductor sales stayed flat in June 2012, hitting $24.38 billion (a decline of 0.1% from May 2012), reports the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA). Year-over-year (Y/Y), sales fell just 2% in June, a slower decline than the semiconductor industry has seen since October 2011.

???The semiconductor industry continues to navigate the turbulent global economy better than most sectors, but macroeconomic uncertainties are limiting overall recovery and growth,??? said Brian Toohey, president & CEO, Semiconductor Industry Association.

???Congress can help ease economic uncertainty by enacting effective and dependable policies that promote American competitiveness and spur economic growth.???

Regionally, semiconductor sales increased on a sequential monthly basis in Japan (2%) and Asia Pacific (0.6%) but declined in Europe (-0.7%) and the Americas (-3.6%).

Compared to June 2011, sales in June 2012 increased in Japan (3.7%) and Asia Pacific (1.0%) but fell steeply in the Americas (-8.1%) and Europe (-12.1%). ???The Japan and Asia Pacific sequential increases are encouraging signs, but are tempered by continued weakness in Europe and the Americas,??? said Toohey.

This is the first time since September 2010 that Japan and Asia Pacific attained month-over-month and year-over-year growth simultaneously.???M.C

Solid State Technology, Volume 55, Issue 7, September 2012