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Forecast the 2012 global chip market growth rate of only 0.4%

  According to the U.S. Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) recently quoted by the latest forecast data of the International Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization, referring to the 2012 global chip industry sales growth rate will be lower than 1%. WSTS's latest forecast, 2012 global chip sales in the scale of 3,010 billion U.S. dollars, an increase of 0.4 percent compared to 2011;, but in 2013 and 2014 the sales amount is $ 3,220 billion and 3,370 billion U.S. dollars respectively, the growth rate of 7.2% and 4.4% .

  WSTS said the information collected from the major semiconductor manufacturers in Canada in spring 2012 forecast meeting; the consensus reached by all manufacturers, the 2012 chip sales will be relatively weak because the performance of the Asia Pacific market be a drag on the growth of the global market. In addition, WSTS that chip sales in the European market is also expected because of poor local economy for the second consecutive year of recession; the U.S. market will be more healthy growth.

  The product categories, WSTS expected Opto Semiconductors will be the category of the 2012 growth performance of the best kind of growth rate up to 13.6%; other major chip market will grow slightly this year.

Regional and product category 2012 semiconductor market growth rate forecast

  SIA also announced a global semiconductor sales in April over the same period in 2011 reduced to 6%, but lower than the previous month growth; April semiconductor sales in the three-month average of $ 24.1 billion, a growth of 3.4 percent over the previous month is the past two years, the largest monthly growth rate. However, compared to $ 24.8 billion in April last year, a slight decrease in the sales figures.

  Total 2012 to April, the global chip sales totaled $ 93.7 billion, a decrease of 5.9% over the first four months of 2011, the cumulative sales of $ 99.5 billion. Regional, three-month average of the North American chip market sales in April from the previous month growth of 5.6%, Asia-Pacific and European markets respectively from the previous month growth of 5.4% and 1.8%; However, the Japanese market sales in April compared with March month decrease of 1.8%.