Semiconductor manufacturing recovery in Japan and the subsequent boost to overall semiconductor sales helped slightly in August, according to the latest SIA monthly figures. Worldwide sales of semiconductors were US$25.03 billion in August, up 0.7% from the prior month when sales were US$24.9 billion and basically flat since June figures were released.
“Sales in August were in large part driven by strong demand in tablets and PC’s,” noted Brian Toohey, president, Semiconductor Industry Association. “Growth in these areas is encouraging, however lower consumer and industrial demand across a wide range of products and markets is keeping overall sales lower than expected at this point.”
The SIA noted increased semiconductor content in cars, automotive application specific semiconductors had experienced double digit growth year-to-date.
On a year-to-date basis sales grew 2.2% year-over-year.