PARIS After sustained growth over the past year, the French semiconductor market ended 2005 on a positive note.
For the fourth quarter, the French chip market grew by 5.1 percent compared to the previous quarter, according to a study published by the Sitelesc, the French Electronic Tube and Semiconductor Industry Guild.
Orders rose in the fourth quarter by 5.6 percent compared to the previous quarter, fueling second-half growth totaling 28 percent compared to the last six months.
A comparative analysis per sector between the years 2004 and 2005 revealed that the telecommunications and automotive sectors experience difficulties while the computing and consumer sectors posted strong performance.
An analysis on a product-by-product basis between 2004 and 2005 also showed significant variations, according to the study. During the fourth quarter of 2005, demand for microprocessors (MPUs, MCUs and DSPs) grew 30 percent year-on-year while demand for memory decreased by 3 percent and analog circuits by 14 percent.
The results lagged behind global statistics published by the Semiconductor Industry Association. With an annual growth of 6.8 percent, the global semiconductor market totaled $228 billion in 2005 and is forecast to grow by as much as 10 percent in 2006.