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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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Topics: market, sales, data

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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Topics: market, sales, data

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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Topics: market, sales, data

What End Use Applications Drove Semiconductor Sales in 2014?

Posted by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy on Mar 18, 2015 10:30:00 AM

The World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization recently published its annual Semiconductor End-Use Report for 2014, which 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 by percent share of total semiconductor end sales for 2014.

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Topics: end use report, sales

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

Semiconductor Market Continues Record Setting Pace in Third Quarter of 2014

Posted by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy on Nov 7, 2014 6:00:00 AM

Third quarter global semiconductor industry sales reached a record high of $87 billion, as reported earlier this week in SIA’s most recent monthly global sales report. This figure marked a 5.7 percent increase over the second quarter global sales totals.

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Topics: sales, GSR

Semiconductor Market Setting Sales Records through the First Half of 2014

Posted by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy on Aug 29, 2014 9:00:00 AM

As SIA reported earlier this month, worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $82.7 billion during the second quarter of 2014, marking the industry’s highest-ever second quarter sales total. In fact, there were other “highest ever” sales levels achieved with the release of the June 2014 data, including highest monthly sales ever and highest first half sales ever. Global quarter-over-quarter sales grew by 5.4 percent. Global semiconductor sales performance in Q2 clearly built on the strong sales trend established in Q1 and where 2013 left off.

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Topics: sales, GSR

Semiconductor Market Maintains Momentum at Start of 2014

Posted by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy on May 14, 2014 8:00:00 AM

As SIA reported earlier this month, worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $78.47 billion during the first quarter of 2014, marking the industry’s highest-ever first quarter sales.  It seems apparent that global semiconductor market performance in early 2014 has continued where 2013 left off with positive sales growth. Through the second half of 2013 and into 2014, the global semiconductor market has demonstrated consistent positive sales momentum, and 2014 global sales are well ahead of last year’s pace through the first quarter by 11.4 percent. As the orange line in the table below clearly illustrates, sales performance from the first three months of 2014 is well ahead of Q1 performance for any of the last five years. [Source: World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) data]

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Topics: market, statistics, sales, data, GSR