After upbeat financial results from Intel and better forecasts in the handset and PC industries, global semiconductor sales increased in the second quarter of 2008, according to SIA. Worldwide chip sales are also expected to increase later in 2009, according to new estimates.
Global semiconductor sales picked up in the second quarter of 2009, as Intel
reported solid financial results
and the forecasts for the PC and handset
markets showed new signs of life, according to a report by the Semiconductor Industry Association.
The SIA's Aug. 3 report found that worldwide chip sales hit $51.7 billion in
the second quarter of 2009, an increase of 17 percent from the first quarter of
this year when sales stood at $44.2 billion. In June, processor sales topped
$17 billion, an increase of 3.7 percent from May.
While the latest SIA report is good news for the semiconductor market, as
well as a positive sign of the overall health of the global IT market, the
research also shows how far the market has fallen off since the recession took
hold in 2008.
In the second quarter of 2008, global semiconductor sales topped $64
billion. For the first six months of 2009, worldwide chip sales stood at about
$96 billion, a 25 percent decrease from the first six months of 2008.
In its analysis, SIA found that chips sales were helped when companies such
as Intel, Advanced Micro Devices
and Texas Instruments
began adjusting their
processor inventories and reducing the prices of older chips.
In addition, SIA found that with the handset and PC
adjusting some of their previous forecasts, the market seems right
for semiconductor revenue to bounce back later this year and into 2010.
"Consensus estimates for unit sales of PCs are now in the range of
minus 5 percent to flat compared to 2008, whereas earlier forecasts were
projecting year-on-year unit declines of 9 to 12 percent," SIA President
George Scalise wrote in the report. "In
cell phone handsets, analysts now believe the unit decline will be in the range
of 7 to 9 percent
compared to earlier forecasts of a decline of around 15
percent. PCs and cell phones account for nearly 60 percent of worldwide
In July, the world's leading supplier of chips for PCs and servers, Intel,
reported solid second-quarter financial results
and many of the company's
executives said they believe the worst of the recession is now behind the
industry. However, AMD
reported a slow quarter, although executives there said they believe the
company and industry could bounce back
later in 2009.
Regarding the global market, SIA found that China's
economic stimulus package, along with an expanding 3G network, has helped
increase hardware sales, and that provided a boost for chip sales.
In a separate report released Aug. 3, Deutsche Bank analysts stated that the
semiconductor industry, including memory makers, will have a down year in terms
of revenue, but the downturn is not expected to be as severe as first thought.
"We maintain our 2009 forecast for industry revenue to decline by 20
percent [year-over-year] but expect revenue could be down only 15 percent if
the pace of recovery quickens," Deutsche Bank wrote.