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Q1 2019 Semiconductor Unit Drop of 7.4% Impacts 2019 Wafer Demand, Says Semico Research

Due to the significant decline in unit sales during Q1 2019, Semico lowered its wafer demand forecast for 2019 to a 1.8% decline in 300mm wafer equivalents. New research from Semico Research, Semico Wafer Demand Q1 2019 Highlights (MA110-19), reports Q1 2019 total semiconductor units dropped 7.4% quarter-over-quarter and 3.8% year over-year.
"Last year both 200mm and 300mm wafers were in short supply, and wafer prices have been increasing over the past two years," says Joanne Itow, Managing Director Manufacturing Research. "Although no one wants their market to experience a unit contraction, the silver lining is that this will provide some relief when it comes to getting enough silicon for production and may provide a temporary reprieve to the increasing wafer prices."
Additional key findings include:

  • Total wafer demand in 2019 is expected to reach 105.1 million 300mm wafer equivalents.
  • DRAM bit growth is expected to reach 25% in 2019.
  • MCU wafer demand is expected to decline 0.8% in 2019.
  • Automotive MOS Logic wafer demand is expected to increase 9.5% in 2019.

Semico Research's report, Semico Wafer Demand Q1 2019 Highlights (MA110-19),includes an Excel spreadsheet which provides wafer demand by 18 product categories and 14 technology nodes over a 13-year time frame from 2010 to 2022. There is also a summary write-up which provides insight into the recent trends for key semiconductor product categories.

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