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Fab utilization rates set to reach 88% in 3Q09: IC ASPs to rise says IC Insights

09 September 2009 | By Mark Osborne | News > Cleanroom

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Semiconductor fab utilization rates are set to increase to 88% in 3Q09, returning to levels seen before the current downturn, according to market research firm IC Insights. Higher production loadings should result in IC ASPs rising by 5% per annum through 2010 and 2012. According to the SICAS data, IC capacity utilization reached a low point of 57% in 1Q09, as production was slashed to stem a serious inventory build. As the inventory burn took place utilization rates rebounded to 78% in 2Q09.

However, IC Insights expects the average capacity rates for 2009 to fall to 77.4%. The lowest rates seen were in 2001 when fab utilization fell to 71.2%.

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