SAN JOSE, Calif. Global semiconductor sales reached $12.68 billion for the month of November, a mere 1.3 percent increase from $12.51 billion in October, according to figures from the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).
November sales nonetheless were up 19.6 percent from $10.60 billion in the like period a year earlier, according to the San Jose-based trade group. The SIA's Global Sales Report (GSR) is a three-month moving average of sales activity. The GSR is tabulated by the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization, which represents approximately 66 companies.
The November figures represent a small but gradual growth trend that began in the fourth quarter 2001. Global semiconductor sales reached $12.5 billion in October 2002, a 1.8 percent sequential increase from the $12.3 billion in revenue achieved in September 2002 and a 20 percent increase from the $10.4 billion total recorded in October 2001, according to the SIA.
The November sales figures for the global chip industry underscore "the healthy recovery that has been building momentum throughout this year," SIA president George Scalise said in a statement. "The wireless sector continues to be the strongest single market."
Flash memory and digital signal processors were up 6.6 percent and 3.7 percent, respectively, in November. The computer segment showed growth, with microprocessors up 0.5 percent and DRAMs increasing by 5.8 percent, SIA researchers said.
Mark LaPedus is editor of Semiconductor Business News, an EE Times Network Web site.