LONDON Shipments of silicon wafers fell by 56.5 percent to 940 million square inches compared to 2,163 million square inches in the same quarter a year before, according to the SEMI Silicon Manufacturers Group (SMG) in its quarterly analysis of the silicon wafer industry.
Shipments fell by 34.2 percent compared with the fourth quarter of 2008, when they totaled 1,428 million square inches, SEMI SMG said. The shipment measurements are for semiconductor applications only and do not include solar power applications. The data is inclusive of polished silicon wafers, including virgin test wafers, epitaxial silicon wafers, and non-polished silicon wafers shipped by the wafer manufacturers to the end-users.
"Clearly, difficult global economic conditions continued to have an impact on wafer shipments in the first quarter of the year," said Nobuo Katsuoka, chairman of SEMI SMG and director, SOI process engineering department for Shin-Etsu Handotai Co. Ltd. "However, market conditions recovered after the bottom observed in the January and February period," he added.
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