SAN JOSE, Calif.Semiconductor unit shipments hit 44.5 billion in the first quarter, surpassing the previous record of 44.1 billion in the third quarter of 2008, according to a new report by market research firm IC Insights Inc.
First quarter IC unit shipments were up 59 percent compared with 28 billion in the same period of 2009, IC Insights (Scottsdale, Ariz.) said. The firm credited strong PC and cell phone demand, an upturn in automotive shipments and an overall consumer spending rebound for the all-time high unit volume demand.
IC Insights predicted that seasonal strength would drive the IC industry to new unit shipmen records in the second half of the year.
According to IC Insights, IC unit shipment growth averaged 9.5 percent from 2000 through 2004, followed by an accelerated pace of 14 percent from 2005 through 2007. In late 2008, underlying demand for ICs plummeted as the global recession gained momentum in the second half of the year, the firm said.
IC unit shipments started back on a new 9.5 percent growth trend line beginning in the third quarter of 2009. The firm said it believes IC unit shipment growth will average at least 9.5 percent over the next five years.