SAN JOSE, Calif. --- Average prices paid for CMOS wafers were flat from the first to the second quarter of 2003, according to the Fabless Semiconductor Association (FSA) trade association, which announced results of its quarterly wafer pricing survey, Monday (June 23, 2003).
The announcement was made despite the fact that the second quarter still has a week to run.
The 2003 Q2 wafer pricing survey asked for information on the average price paid per wafer by 114 fabless companies and integrated device manufacturers (IDMs).
"The lack in sequential wafer pricing growth isn't a surprise given that foundry utilization has remained well below 90 percent, and prices are not stabilizing," said Jodi Shelton, co-founder and executive director of the FSA, in statement. "Another contributing factor to wafer prices not increasing is the emphasis being placed on establishing multiple foundry relationships. This helps guarantee a more competitive pricing environment for customers."
Additionally, the results indicate that fabless companies put a greater emphasis on designing for advanced geometries than do IDMs. More than 13 percent of fabless orders used 0.13-micron, compared to only eight percent of IDM orders, and 26 percent of fabless wafer orders included 0.18-micron process geometry, compared to 18 percent of all IDM orders placed. In contrast, the majority of IDM participants ordered 0.35-micron process geometry.
Overall, the survey results suggest fabless companies paid more for wafers than IDMs, and IDMs typically ordered a higher quantity of wafers per order than fabless companies.
The data was collected and tabulated by the Ernst & Young LLP accountancy partnership, using a weighted industry average approach.