Semiconductor equipment bookings have now declined sequentially for the last 2-months, confirming a peak in the current up-cycle was reach in July, 2010, when bookings stood at US$1.83 million. September bookings stood at US$1.62 billion with the book-to-bill at 1.03, down from 1.17 in the previous month, according to the latest figures from SEMI.
The three-month average bookings figure is 11.0% lower than the final August 2010 level of US$1.82 billion, and is 113.0% above the US$758.9 million in orders posted in September 2009.
The three-month average of worldwide billings in September 2010 was US$1.58 billion, up only 1.3% from the final August 2010 level of US$1.55 billion. However, this is 143.0% above the September 2009 billings level of US$648.4 million and only four months into the current up-cycle.
"Total actual billings through September are up more than 70% compared to 2009, highlighting the strong industry recovery this year,” said Daniel Tracy, director of Industry Research & Statistics at SEMI. "Bookings rates, which increased sharply over the past year, have eased in August and September."