SIA Projects 28.6% Growth for 2004 Global Semiconductor Sales; Record Sales of $214 Billion Now Forecast
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SIA Projects 28.6% Growth for 2004 Global Semiconductor Sales; Record Sales of $214 Billion Now Forecast

SAN JOSE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—June 9, 2004— The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) today issued its 2004-2007 midyear forecast, projecting stronger-than-expected growth of 28.6 percent for 2004 and a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10.4 percent through 2007.

The new SIA forecast projects worldwide sales of semiconductors will grow to $214 billion this year, surpassing the previous record sales of $204 billion in 2000. SIA projects that industry growth will slow to 4.2 percent in 2005 and that sales will decline by 0.8 percent in 2006 before rebounding to 11.7 percent growth in 2007, when industry revenues are projected to reach $250 billion.

"The industry is experiencing substantially stronger than expected growth in 2004 as a result of underlying strength in a broad range of end-use markets," said SIA President George Scalise. "We now expect that worldwide industry sales will surpass the previous record one year earlier than previously projected. For the longer term, we project a compound annual growth rate of 10.4 percent through 2007 when we expect that worldwide sales will reach a quarter of a trillion dollars. While this growth rate is lower than the historical growth rate of the past several decades, it represents very healthy growth for a $200-plus-billion industry."

Industry growth is being driven by strong demand for microchips for a broad range of applications, including personal computers, cellular telephones, consumer electronics, wired and wireless telecommunications infrastructure, and automotive.

Personal computer sales, which represent approximately 30 percent of the semiconductor market, are now forecast to grow by 13 percent(1) in 2004 compared to an earlier forecast of 11 percent growth.

Unit sales of cellular phones are projected to grow by 15 percent in 2004. Newer cell phones also have a higher content of integrated circuits due to the increased sales of units with digital cameras, color displays, and enhanced data capabilities.

Consumer electronics will continue to be a strong driver of semiconductor sales. The market for digital cameras is now larger than the market for traditional film cameras. This market is now forecasted to grow by 27 percent in 2004 compared to the earlier forecast of 14 percent growth. DVD players will grow by 10 percent -- lower than the 30 percent growth forecasted, but on a larger-than-expected base following strong growth in 2003. Sales of digital video recorders (DVRs), however, are experiencing explosive growth -- nearly triple the unit volume of 2003 -- and DVRs have four times the semiconductor content of DVD players.

The continued expansion of broadband and the WiFi revolution employing sophisticated semiconductor technologies are projected to be important sources of growth going forward. Capital expenditures for telecommunications are now expected to grow in the 5-to-10 percent range in 2004 -- the first increase since 2000.

The automotive market is expected to continue to grow as the semiconductor content per automobile is increasing by 10 percent each year.

"The current cycle appears to be one of the more balanced cycles in the history of the industry, with growth coming from a very broad range of applications and in all geographic regions," Scalise concluded.

Other highlights of the midyear forecast are detailed below.

Future Growth

The current forecast projects sales of $214 billion in 2004, $223 billion in 2005, $221 billion in 2006, and $247 billion in 2007.

Regional Markets

The migration of the electronics equipment market to the Asia-Pacific region continues unabated. The region currently accounts for 40 percent of the global semiconductor market, and is expected to reach 43 percent by 2007.

Semiconductor sales in Asia-Pacific are projected to grow from $62.8 billion in 2003 to $106 billion in 2007, a compound annual growth rate of 14.0 percent.

The China semiconductor market is currently approximately 15 percent of the total worldwide market.

The market in Japan is projected to remain steady at approximately 22 percent of world semiconductor consumption through the forecast period. Sales in Japan are projected to grow from $38.9 billion in 2003 to $47.7 billion in 2004 and to $53.8 billion in 2007, a CAGR of 8.4 percent.

Europe now consumes approximately 20 percent of all semiconductors, and the forecast projects that this market share will continue as European electronics equipment manufacturers shift production to Eastern Europe rather than Asia. Semiconductor sales in Europe are projected to grow from $32.3 billion in 2003 to $45.9 billion in 2007, a CAGR of 9.2 percent.

The market for semiconductors in the Americas has been in decline, from 22 percent of the worldwide market in 2002 to 19 percent in 2003. This decline is projected to continue, falling to 17 percent by 2007 as electronics equipment manufacturing continues to shift to Asia. Sales in the Americas are projected to grow from $32.3 billion in 2003 to $41.5 billion in 2007, a CAGR of 6.5 percent.

Capacity Utilization

Factory utilization has improved steadily since reaching a low point of 63 percent of capacity in the third quarter of 2001. Factory utilization increased to 93 percent of capacity in the first quarter of 2004, a rate that is near the peak of 2000. The utilization rates for leading-edge capacity, defined as smaller than 0.16-micron technologies, and foundry utilization are at 99 percent of capacity.

Semiconductor Product Categories

Discrete products are projected to grow by 20.2 percent to $16.0 billion in 2004 and to $17.6 billion in 2007, a CAGR of 7.2 percent. Discrete components include power transistors and radio frequency (RF) transistors that are found in wireless consumer products.

Optoelectronics device sales are projected to grow by 37.3 percent to $13.1 billion in 2004 and to $16.9 billion in 2007, a CAGR of 15.5 percent. Optoelectronics devices include image-sensors that are used in camera phone and digital still camera applications.

Analog devices are expected to grow by 28 percent in 2004 to $34.3 billion. This segment is projected to grow to $42.7 billion by 2007, a CAGR of 12.4 percent. Analog devices are used in communications, computer, consumer, automotive, and industrial applications.

Microprocessor sales are projected to grow by 17.7 percent to $32.3 billion in 2004 and to $37.0 billion in 2007, a CAGR of 7.8 percent. Microprocessors are the engine of the personal computer and in embedded control applications.

Microcontroller sales are projected to grow by 15.9 percent to $11.6 billion in 2004 and to $13.5 billion in 2007, a CAGR of 7.8 percent. Microcontrollers are used in a wide variety of end-use applications, including automotive and process control systems.

DSP sales are projected to grow by 31.0 percent to $8.0 billion in 2004 and to $11.6 billion in 2007, a CAGR of 17 percent. Digital signal processors are the engine of the wireless communication devices. The segment is the fastest-growing segment in the current forecast period.

MOS logic device sales are projected to grow by 23.0 percent to $45.4 billion in 2004 and to $53.1 billion in 2007, a CAGR of 9.5 percent. MOS logic includes standard logic, standard cell, field programmable logic devices, and a broad range of application-specific products.

DRAM sales are projected to grow by 55.8 percent to $26.0 billion in 2004 before declining to $22.6 billion in 2007. The projected CAGR for the forecast period is 7.9 percent. The major application for DRAMs is in personal computers. DRAMs are also increasingly used in handsets.

Flash memory sales are projected to grow by 48.9 percent to $17.5 billion in 2004 and to $20.5 billion in 2007, a CAGR of 15.1 percent. Flash memory devices are used in cell phones, digital still cameras, and a broad range of other applications.
                                                              CAGR
Product                  2003   % Change     2004    2007    03-07
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 Discrete               $13.3B     20.2%    $16.0B  $17.6B    7.2%
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 Optoelectronics         $9.5B     37.3%    $13.1B  $16.9B   15.5%
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 Analog                 $26.8B     28.0%    $34.3B  $42.7B   12.4%
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 MOS Microprocessors    $27.4B     17.7%    $32.3B  $37.0B    7.8%
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 MOS Microcontrollers   $10.0B     15.9%    $11.6B  $13.5B    7.8%
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 MOS DSP                 $6.2B     31.0%     $8.0B  $11.6B   17.0%
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 MOS Logic              $36.9B     23.0%    $45.4B  $53.1B    9.5%
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 MOS DRAM               $16.7B     55.8%    $26.0B  $22.6B    7.9%
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 Flash EEPROM           $11.7B     48.9%    $17.5B  $20.5B   15.1%
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 Total                 $166.4B     28.6%   $214.0B $247.3B   10.4%
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Tot             2002      2003      2004      2005      2006      2007
Semicon        Total     Total     Total     Total     Total     Total
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Amer-$M     31,275.5  32,330.7  39,820.4  39,259.4  38,075.9  41,526.1
 3/3 % $       -12.6       3.4      23.2      -1.4      -3.0       9.1
 % of
 World          22.2      19.4      18.6      17.6      17.2      16.8
 Amer-$M    31,275.5  32,330.7  39,820.4  39,259.4  38,075.9  41,526.1
 3/3 % $       -12.6       3.4      23.2      -1.4      -3.0       9.1
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Europe-$M   27,788.5  32,310.0  40,591.9  42,170.1  41,601.5  45,915.3
 3/3 % $        -8.0      16.3      25.6       3.9      -1.3      10.4
 % of
 World          19.7      19.4      19.0      18.9      18.8      18.6
 Eur-
 Euro M     29,393.4  28,546.1  32,499.1  33,762.6  33,307.4  36,761.2
 3/3 %
 Euro          -12.7      -2.9      13.8       3.9      -1.3      10.4
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Japan-$M    30,493.6  38,942.2  47,753.6  49,633.6  48,733.6  53,818.2
 3/3 % $        -8.0      27.7      22.6       3.9      -1.8      10.4
 % of
 World          21.7      23.4      22.3      22.3      22.0      21.8
 Jpn-100
 YenM       38,052.8  45,031.8  51,225.3  53,242.0  52,276.6  57,730.8
 3/3 % Yen      -5.3      18.3      13.8       3.9      -1.8      10.4
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Asia Pac -
 $M         51,155.7  62,842.6  85,828.7  91,979.3  92,917.0 106,046.6
 3/3 % $        28.5      22.8      36.6       7.2       1.0      14.1
 % of
 World          36.4      37.8      40.1      41.2      42.0      42.9
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World-$M   140,713.3 166,425.5 213,994.6 223,042.4 221,328.0 247,306.3
 3/3 % $         1.3      18.3      28.6       4.2      -0.8      11.7
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Discrete    12,344.6  13,347.0  16,039.3  17,048.9  16,688.5  17,598.7
 3/3 % $         1.3       8.1      20.2       6.3      -2.1       5.5
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IC         120,522.9 139,964.7 180,026.9 185,402.8 183,096.3 205,385.0
 3/3 % $         1.7      16.1      28.6       3.0      -1.2      12.2
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Opto         6,789.5   9,544.7  13,100.8  14,851.7  15,281.2  16,863.1
 3/3 % $        -7.9      40.6      37.3      13.4       2.9      10.4
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Sensor       1,056.3   3,569.2   4,827.6   5,739.0   6,262.1   7,459.5
 3/3 % $        15.7     237.9      35.3      18.9       9.1      19.1
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About the SIA

The SIA is the leading voice for the semiconductor industry and has represented U.S. semiconductor companies since 1977. Collectively, the chip industry employs a domestic workforce of 255,000 people. More information about the SIA can be found at www.sia-online.org. (1) Data on end markets courtesy of iSuppli.



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