SAN FRANCISCO — October worldwide semiconductor sales reached $21.9 billion, setting a new monthly record for the fourth consecutive month, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA). But the organization's chief warned of a slowdown on the horizon.
In a statement issued Friday (Dec. 1), SIA President George Scalise said that as individual consumers drive an increasing proportion of worldwide semiconductor sales, the industry is more susceptible to fluctuations in overall economic conditions.
"There are signs of slower overall economic growth and a slowing economy could impact sales of semiconductors in the coming months," Scalise said.
October chip sales were up 2.1 percent sequentially and 9.2 percent year-to-year, SIA said.
"Sales of personal computers, cell phones, and MP3 players continued to be strong, reflecting the start of the holiday season," Scalise said. "The year-on-year increase in global semiconductor sales was led by robust increases in sales of DRAMs—up by 42 percent from a year ago—and DSPs—up by 11 percent from October 2005. Sales of microprocessors increased by 8 percent sequentially, but declined by 3 percent from a year ago."
Sales in all geographic regions increased in October, with Europe showing the strongest month-to-month growth at 3.4 percent, SIA said.