SAN JOSE, Calif. Chip sales continued to barrel along at high-record levels in May, climbing 39.8 percent to $15.8 billion worldwide compared to $11.3 billion in the same month last year, according to a market report released Friday (June 30) by the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) here.
The SIA still sees nothing ahead to slow down the market's momentum for at least the next two years. "May's strong global sales are in-line with our recently released mid-year forecast that predicts a 31 percent growth rate for 2000," said George Scalise, president of the U.S. trade group, based here.
Earlier in June, the SIA hiked its forecast for worldwide semiconductor sales in 2000 to $195 billion. Chip revenues are now expected to reach $312 billion in 2003, the SIA said. Last fall, the SIA had predicted that chip sales would grow 21 percent to $174 billion in 2000, but strong demand for and higher average selling priced have changed the outlook.
Sequentially, chip revenues grew 3.9 percent in May from $15.2 billion in April, based on the SIA's three-month moving average. The trade group said growth drivers in May were across a range of market segments, including standard linear devices, field programmable logic, digital signal processors (DSPs), flash memories, DRAMs, and PC microprocessors.
Demand for semiconductors in the Americas snapped back to life in May. Chip sales in the region grew 32.5 percent to $4.85 billion vs. $3.66 billion last May, and they increased 6.1 percent from $4.57 billion in April. In the previous SIA sales report, chip sales in the Americas had grown only 0.7 percent in April from March's $4.54 billion.
As in recent months, semiconductor growth in the Asia Pacific region was extremely hot in May. The region's chip sales surged 45.8 percent to $4.05 billion in May compared to $2.78 billion in the same month last year, said the SIA's monthly billings report. Asia-Pacific chip sales were 4.2 percent higher than $3.89 billion in April, based on the three-month moving average.
Semiconductor sales in Japan jumped 43.6 percent to $3.52 billion last month vs. $2.45 billion in May 1999, the SIA said. Japan's chip sales were up 2.8 percent from April's $3.43 billion.
In Europe, semiconductor sales were up 40 percent to $3.38 billion compared to $2.42 billion in May 1999, and up 1.9 percent from $3.32 billion in April, said the SIA report, which is based on data from the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics trade organization representing 70 companies globally.