November Chip Sales Up 11.3%; Digital Camera Sales Jump 30% YoY

The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) today reported that Global sales of semiconductors reached $22.7 billion in November, an increase of 11.3% from the $20.4 billion in November 2005, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) release today. 
  • Sales increased by 3.1% from the $22.0 billion reported in October. 
  • The November sales figure was the fifth-consecutive month of record sales. 
  • For the first 11 months of 2006, worldwide semiconductor sales totaled $225.1 billion, an increase of 9.4% from the same period in 2005 when sales were $205.7 billion.

Consumer applications continued to drive demand of microchip sales in November. Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) reported that November unit sales of digital cameras in the U.S. market were up 30% over November 2005 and up over 40% for the first 11 months of 2006.

Semiconductor product lines that showed strong sequential growth included:

  • DSPs (digital signal processors), up 12.3%; 
  • DRAMs (dynamic random-access memories) up 6.8%; 
  • NAND flash up 6.3%; 
  • Microprocessors, up 4.3%.

2007 is shaping up to be another good year for the industry with a forecast of 10 percent growth over 2006, according to SIA


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