Surging semiconductor demand experienced in 2010 is waning, resulting in an unusually rapid decline in VLSI research’s IC price/performance index. The slowing semiconductor equipment demand means that the market research firm expects IC sales to increase only 4.4% in 2011 to US$248.6 billion, with accelerate growth in 2012 of 7.9%.
VLSI Research noted that the increasingly difficult pricing environment, compuned by the rapidly increasing production capacity for major IC segments such as DRAM should make for sluggish sales growth in 2011.
The market research firm has also downgraded the 2011 forecast for semiconductor manufacturing equipment sales.
Sales are expected to decline 5% in 2011 to US $46.3 billion. Like IC sales in 2012, VLSI Research believes that 2012 will bring a recovery to semiconductor equipment demand as sales are expected to reach US$49.7 billion, a 7.2% increase of 2011.