Distribution increased its share of European semiconductor sales during 2001 even though the sector also suffered a heavy fall in values.
The latest data from the Distributors' and Manufacturers' Association of Semiconductor Specialists (DMASS) says that distribution sales for full year 2001 were €5.1bn, down 15% year-on-year against a total market decline of more than 30%.
In the October-December quarter, the fall was acute for both total and distribution sales. Distribution's numbers were down 31% in euro to €1.04bn, in line with the wider market.
DMASS says that only one region, Austria and Eastern Europe, saw distribution sales grow and then by only 1%. Further down the ranking, Germany, down 8%, held up comparatively well, but the UK, France, Benelux and Iberia all experienced declines of more than 20%.
In product areas, the main problem markets for distribution were flash and peripherals (both down 40%), microprocessors (down 37%), MOS memory (down 34%) and bipolar products (down 29%).
By contrast, optoelectronics, analogue components, microcontrollers, RF and power components all had more modest declines between 2% and 8%. Programmable logic was down 11%.
The DMASS data is compiled from reports covering 70% of the total European distribution semiconductor market.