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How Are Mid-Year Semiconductor Sales Shaping Up?

Posted by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy on Jul 26, 2016 4:00:00 PM

Next week, SIA will release its June 2016 global sales report (GSR), which will include global semiconductor sales totals for the first half of 2016. As we approach the halfway point in semiconductor sales for 2016, how should we assess sales performance to date, what questions should we consider ahead of next week’s GSR release, and what should we look for in the second half?

To date, 2016 has been a challenging year for semiconductor sales, and global macroeconomic headwinds continue to hinder sales growth (read Brexit, slowing growth in many major economies, especially China). The table below shows monthly sales, on a three-month-moving average basis, through May (circled in red) compared with monthly sales tracking for the seven previous years. Monthly sales through May have been consistently lower than totals from both 2014 and 2015 through May.

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Congressional Research Arm Produces Report on the U.S. Chip Industry

Posted by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy on Jul 19, 2016 11:00:00 AM

A newly released report by a non-partisan research arm of Congress underscores how semiconductors’ economic and military importance has made the industry’s health a focus of congressional interest for nearly 70 years. The report, produced by the Congressional Research Service (CRS), details how the federal government played a key role in the creation and support of the U.S. semiconductor industry since World War II, including the co-funding of SEMATECH in the 1980s, as well as support for a wide array of semiconductor research activities. The report also notes Congress’s establishment in July 2015 of the Semiconductor Caucus, a congressional group that seeks to advance policies that support the U.S. semiconductor industry and our economy.

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The 2016 SIA Factbook: Your Top Source for Semiconductor Data

Posted by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy on Apr 1, 2016 12:30:00 PM

Did you know global semiconductor industry sales reached $335 billion in 2015? Did you know the U.S. semiconductor industry maintained market share leadership with 50 percent of the global market in 2015? Did you know semiconductors were America’s third-leading manufactured export in 2015, behind only airplanes and automobiles? These facts and many others are now available for free download in the 2016 SIA Factbook

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What End-Use Applications Drove Semiconductor Sales in 2015?

Posted by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy on Mar 31, 2016 2:00:00 PM

Communications (34.1 percent of total sales) and PCs/computers (29.7 percent) remained the top semiconductor markets by end-use in 2015, according to the recently released World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) Semiconductor End-Use Report. The report breaks down sales by end-use and regional end-market for a wide variety of semiconductor products. The figure below shows the six major semiconductor end applications’ share of total semiconductor sales for 2015.

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The 2015 SIA Factbook: Your Source for Semiconductor Industry and Market Data

Posted by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy on Aug 6, 2015 3:15:00 PM

What U.S. industry spends a higher share of sales on research and development than any other U.S. industry? What U.S. industry had a sales-revenue-per-employee ratio in 2014 of $667,000, the highest level in its history and among the highest of any U.S. industry? What U.S. industry directly employs a quarter of a million workers in the United States and is responsible for indirectly employing one million additional U.S. workers? The U.S. semiconductor industry, of course! 

These facts and graphics -- and many others -- are now available for free in the recently completed 2015 SIA Factbook.

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Topics: market, sales, data

How are Semiconductor Sales Shaping up for the First Half of 2015?

Posted by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy on Jul 30, 2015 12:30:00 PM

Next Monday, SIA will release its June 2015 global sales report (GSR), which will include global semiconductor sales totals for the first half (H1) of 2015. As we approach the halfway point, how should we assess semiconductor sales thus far, and what questions should we consider ahead of next week’s GSR release?

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What U.S. States Are Leading Exporters of Semiconductors? Some May Surprise You

Posted by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy on May 21, 2015 1:00:00 PM

The U.S. Census Bureau publishes annual data on exports by state, and the recently published full-year 2014 semiconductor state export numbers provide some interesting takeaways.

First, all 50 U.S. states exported semiconductors in 2014. This reflects the regional diversification of semiconductor manufacturing and the pervasiveness of the semiconductor manufacturing supply chain in the United States. In fact, according to the Census’s annual state export data, all 50 states have exported semiconductors in each of the last 10 years at least.

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Topics: trade, market, sales, data, exports

How are Semiconductor Sales Shaping up for the First Quarter of 2015?

Posted by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy on Apr 29, 2015 5:00:00 PM

Next Monday, SIA will release its March 2015 global sales report (GSR), which will include sales totals for the first quarter (Q1) of 2015. With two-thirds of Q1 sales already in the books, how should we assess semiconductor sales thus far and what questions should we be thinking about ahead of next week’s GSR release?

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The SIA Factbook: Your Source for the Latest Semiconductor Industry and Market Data

Posted by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy on Apr 1, 2015 1:30:00 PM

Did you know that the global semiconductor industry reached record sales of $336 billion in 2014? Did you know that the U.S. semiconductor industry maintained market share leadership with 51 percent of the global market in 2014? Did you know that semiconductors were America’s third-leading manufactured export in 2014 behind only airplanes and automobiles? These facts and many others are now available in SIA’s 2015 Factbook [download here]. Below is an example of the type of data presented in the Factbook.

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Semiconductor Industry Forecasts Broad and Sustained Sales Growth for 2015

Posted by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy on Dec 5, 2014 10:30:00 AM

This year is not yet complete, and analysts are already considering the outlook for 2015! Such is the case for our industry, which is known for always looking ahead, right?

Given that the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) program released its Fall semiconductor industry forecast earlier this month on December 2, it seems appropriate now to contemplate the 2015 forecast and what it means. 

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Topics: market, sales, GSR