Still down compared to 2008
to data released by the Semiconductor Industry
Association (SIA), global chip sales in October rose 5.1 percent
compared to September, but they were down 3.5 percent year-on-year.
President George Scalise stressed that October was traditionally a
strong month for the industry due to increased production ahead of the
holiday season. Scalise added that sales increased in all geographic
regions and that increased demand was driven by an improvement in
overall global economic conditions.
SIA expects global semiconductor sales of $219.7 billion in 2009, a
decrease of 12 percent compared to last year's $248.6 billion.