SAN FRANCISCO—Defying typical seasonal weakness, worldwide shipments of silicon wafers increased sequentially in the first quarter, logging their highest recorded quarterly level, according to the SEMI trade organization.
Total silicon wafer area shipments totalled 2.86 billion square inches in the first quarter, up 3.4 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2016 and up 12.6 percent compared to the first quarter of 2016, according to SEMI's Silicon Manufacturing Group (SMG).
"Continued growth on top of previous record quarterly shipments have resulted in another record level of silicon shipped," said C.W. Lee, chairman of SEMI SMG and a vice president at GlobalWafers, in a press statement issued by SEMI. The SMG is an independent special interest group within the structure of SEMI, a trade group that represents semiconductor equipment and materials suppliers worldwide.
Wafer shipment totals include not only polished silicon wafers— including virgin test wafers and epitaxial silicon wafers—but also non-polished silicon wafers shipped by the wafer manufacturers to the end-users, SEMI said.