Hi Zewde - per the subject of my post (Subject Of Your Article Slightly Confusing) I was "taken aback" by the words chip sales and one trillion. If you added the word "units" before sales in your headline it would be, I believe, non-confusing. Of course the first four words of the lead-in sentence in your article captures the "real meaning," namely, Global semiconductor unit shipments.Mike C.
A trillion chips a year means that on average each human being on the planet is getting 140 new chips a year. Since some people don't get any, that means that others of us are getting even more. Is this remarkable number inflated because there are many discrete components in each consumer device? How do chip sales translate into device sales? How many chips would be reported for an iPhone? How many for a laptop computer? How many for a modern car?
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