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Global semiconductor sales increase 26 percent

by on06 February 2018

$412.2 billion in sales

The global semiconductor industry posted sales totalling $412.2 billion in 2017, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).

This is the industry's highest ever annual sales and an increase of 21.6 percent compared to 2016.

Global sales for December 2017 reached $38.0 billion, an increase of 22.5 percent over the December 2016 total and 0.8 percent more than the previous month's total, SIA said.

Fourth quarter sales of $114.0 billion were 22.5 percent higher than the total from the fourth quarter of 2016 and 5.7 percent more than the third quarter of 2017.

Global sales during the fourth quarter of 2017 and during December 2017 were the industry's highest-ever quarterly and monthly sales, respectively.

SIA president and CEO John Neuffer said: "As semiconductors have become more heavily embedded in an ever-increasing number of products - from cars to coffee makers - and nascent technologies like artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and the Internet of Things have emerged, global demand for semiconductors has increased, leading to landmark sales in 2017 and a bright outlook for the long term. 

“The global market experienced across-the-board growth in 2017, with double-digit sales increases in every regional market and nearly all major product categories. We expect the market to grow more modestly in 2018."

Memory was the most significant semiconductor category by sales with $124.0 billion in 2017, and the fastest growing, with sales increasing 61.5 percent. Within the memory category, sales of DRAM products increased 76.8 percent, and sales of NAND flash products rose 47.5 percent.

Logic ($102.2 billion) and micro-ICs ($63.9 billion) which includes microprocessors - rounded out the top three product categories regarding total sales.

Other fast-growing product categories in 2017 included rectifiers (18.3 percent), diodes (16.4 percent), and sensors and actuators (16.2 percent). Even without sales of memory products, sales of all other products combined increased by nearly 10 percent in 2017.

Annual sales increased substantially across all regions: the Americas (35.0 percent), China (22.2 percent), Europe (17.1 percent), Asia Pacific/All Other (16.4 percent), and Japan (13.3 percent). The Americas market also led the way in growth for December 2017, with sales up 41.4 percent year-to-year and 2.1 percent month-to-month. Next were Europe (20.2 percent/-1.6 percent), China (18.1 percent/1.0 percent), Asia Pacific/All Other (17.4 percent/0.2 percent), and Japan (14.0 percent/0.9 percent).

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