The European semiconductor distribution market got off to an uneven start in 2003.
European semiconductor sales through distribution increased for the third consecutive quarter in March. Sales declined by 1.2% compared with the year-ago quarter, but rose 10.6% sequentially to 1,175 billion euros or approximately $1.37 billion, according to the Distributors and Manufacturers Association of Semiconductor Specialists, London.
DMASS, a non-profit organization, represents companies comprising approximately 75% of the European semiconductor distribution total available market (DTAM).
Germany and Italy were the only countries that showed sequential signs of growth, with 8.4% and 6.7%, respectively. The United Kingdom and France suffered significantly, declining 18.2% and 20.7%, respectively. Both Benelux and Switzerland grew approximately 12%, while Spain and Nordic declined 7.6% and 9.3%, respectively. Austria declined by 6% and Eastern Europe gained 20.8%.
Memory products took the greatest hit. The DRAM market suffered from seasonal weakness, DMASS said, with heavy price pressure in other memory sectors declining 26.7% in the March quarter, compared with the year-ago quarter.
MOS micro logic (mainly microprocessors, DSPs, and microperipherals), optoelectronics (except LED displays), power devices (such as MOSFETs), and rectifiers faired better than RF, small signal, LED displays, analog ICs, programmable logic and standard bipolar and MOS logic.
Bipolar logic grew 32% sequentially, followed by LEDs at 27%, optocouplers at 26%, optoelectronics at 23%, and DSPs at 22%. Mainstream products like analog ICs and microcontrollers grew 17% and 16%, respectively, according to DMASS.