Semiconductor Chip Sales Grow by 2.3 % to $23.1 Billion in November

Worldwide sales of semiconductors rose to $23.1 billion in November, an increase of 2.3 percent from November 2006 when sales were $22.5 billion, the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) reported. Sales increased by 0.7 percent from the October sales of $22.9 billion. Year-to-date sales of $231 billion are 2.8 percent ahead of the $225 billion in sales for the like period of 2006.

Worldwide Semiconductor Revenues - Nov 2007

“Early indications are that consumer products with high semiconductor content such as LCD TVs, PMP and MP3 players, along with digital cameras all sold well in the holiday buying season,” said SIA President George Scalise. “These products are all finishing the year with very healthy unit sales increases. Cell phone unit sales in 2007 will grow by over 20 percent for the fifth-consecutive year, while unit sales of personal computers will grow by more than 10 percent.

“While unit demand has been very robust, average selling prices (ASP) have declined in a number of key product segments. Pricing pressure in the memory sector continues to impact industry sales. DRAM bit shipments, for example, increased by 25 percent in the three months leading up to mid-December while ASPs declined by 20 percent during the same time period.

“Microprocessor sales increased by 5.8 percent month-on-month and by 7.4 percent from November of 2006. Strong PC unit demand contributed to a 2.6 percent sequential increase in microprocessor unit shipments and a 3.2 percent increase in ASPs.

“Rising energy prices and concerns about sub-prime lending issues do not appear to have had a significant impact on consumer spending on electronic products during the holiday buying season. While total semiconductor sales continue on pace to surpass the record level of 2006, it will take very strong sales in December to meet our forecast of 3.8 percent growth in 2007,” Scalise concluded.

About the SIA Global Sales Report
The SIA Global Sales Report (GSR) is a three-month moving average of sales activity. The GSR is tabulated by the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization, which represents approximately 66 companies. The moving average is a mathematical smoothing technique that mitigates variations due to companies’ financial calendars.

November 2007 (Billions)

Month-to-Month Sales

Market Last Month Current Month % Change
Americas 3.83 3.81 -0.5%
Europe 3.59 3.67 2.2%
Japan 4.35 4.38 0.6%
Asia Pacific 11.14 11.21 0.6%
Total 22.92 23.07 0.7%

Year-to-Year Sales

Market Last Month Current Month % Change
Americas 3.97 3.81 -3.9%
Europe 3.68 3.67 -0.3%
Japan 4.10 4.38 6.9%
Asia Pacific 10.79 11.21 3.8%
Total 22.55 23.07 2.3%

Three-Month-Moving Average Sales

Market Jun / Jul / Aug Sep / Oct / Nov % Change
Americas 3.55 3.81 7.6%
Europe 3.35 3.67 9.6%
Japan 4.08 4.38 7.3%
Asia Pacific 10.40 11.21 7.8%
Total 21.38 23.07 7.9%

About the SIA
The SIA is the leading voice for the semiconductor industry and has represented U.S. semiconductor companies since 1977. Collectively, the chip industry employs a domestic workforce of 232,000 people.