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Wafer Demand: Inventories Replenishing

Phoenix, Arizona October 12, 2010 - Moore's Law continues to provide the semiconductor industry with efficiency gains as semiconductor revenues grow by 30% in 2010, units at 28%, and wafer demand up by only 21.3%.

Semico's third quarter 2010 wafer demand data, which provides wafer demand by product, indicates that nearly all semiconductor categories are seeing a dramatic increase in wafer demand, placing added pressure on capacity in both the fabs and at material suppliers. DRAM wafer demand is expected to grow by 12.2% in 2010, while NAND wafer demand will grow by 27.1%. Manufacturers of both memory products are taking advantage of density and process technology migration to keep wafer demand from growing at even higher rates.

Surprisingly, Discrete wafer demand is growing at 29.3%. Semico's manufacturing analyst, Joanne Itow noted "That is the highest growth rate on record, since 1991, when Semico's database began tracking wafer demand by product category." Discrete vendors are playing catch-up after suffering from two years of unit declines in 2008 and 2009. At this point, discrete vendors are not afraid to keep a little inventory on hand as the carrying cost of these low cost chips is relatively low-risk.

And what should we plan for in 2011 and beyond? A detailed wafer demand forecast can be found in Semico Research's latest release Wafer Demand Summary and Assumptions Q3'10. The quarterly publication includes an excel spreadsheet with annual wafer demand by product by technology from 2002-2014.

Product categories include DRAM, SRAM, NAND, NOR, Other Non-volatile, MPU, MCU, DSP, Computing Micro Logic, Communications, Other Micro Logic, Programmable Logic, Standard Cell, Gate Array, Analog, Discrete, Optoelectronics, Digital Bipolar. In addition, there is a four-page write-up providing a summary of the major changes from the previous quarter.

For additional information or to purchase this report, please contact us at or 602-997-0337.

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We are a semiconductor marketing & consulting research company located in Phoenix, Arizona. Semico was founded in 1994 by a group of semiconductor industry experts. We have improved the validity of semiconductor product forecasts via technology roadmaps in end-use markets. Semico offers custom consulting, portfolio packages, individual market research studies and premier industry conferences.

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