Global Semiconductor Sales Decline by 0.5 Percent in May; Chip Sales up by 4 Percent from May 2004

SAN JOSE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—July 2, 2005— Worldwide sales of semiconductors declined slightly in May to $18.05 billion, a sequential decline of 0.5 percent from the $18.14 billion reported in April, the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) reported today. May sales were up 4.1 percent from the $17.34 billion reported in May of 2004.

"Attrition in DRAM prices, which saw a sequential decline of 6 percent, was the major contributing factor in a slight decline in worldwide semiconductor sales in May," said SIA President George Scalise. "DRAMs are one of the largest segments of the total semiconductor market, consequently price swings in this segment have a large impact on total chip sales.

"Unit sales of cell phones have continued to outpace earlier forecasts, contributing to growth in sales of semiconductor products such as DSPs (digital signal processors) and analog chips," Scalise continued. "A recent report from Banc of America Securities now projects that handset shipments will grow by 18 percent to 795 million units in 2005. At the same time, the semiconductor content of cell phones continues to increase with each new generation."
May 2005
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Billions
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Month-to-Month Sales

Market                           Last Month  Current Month    % Change
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Americas                              3.22           3.20        -0.7%
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Europe                                3.32           3.19        -3.9%
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Japan                                 3.70           3.62        -2.2%
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Asia Pacific                          7.89           8.04         1.8%
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Total                                18.14          18.05        -0.5%
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Year-to-Year Sales

Market                            Last Year  Current Month    % Change
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Americas                              3.20           3.20         0.2%
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Europe                                3.19           3.19         0.1%
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Japan                                 3.72           3.62        -2.7%
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Asia Pacific                          7.23           8.04        11.1%
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Total                                17.34          18.05         4.1%
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Three-Month-Moving Average Sales

Market                           Dec/Jan/Feb    Mar/Apr/May   % Change
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Americas                              3.14           3.20         1.9%
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Europe                                3.38           3.19        -5.6%
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Japan                                 3.79           3.62        -4.5%
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Asia Pacific                          7.68           8.04         4.7%
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Total                                17.99          18.05         0.3%
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The SIA's Global Sales Report (GSR) is a three-month moving average of sales activity. The GSR is tabulated by the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization, which represents approximately 66 companies. The moving average is a mathematical smoothing technique that mitigates variations due to companies' financial calendars.

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 225,000 people. More information about the SIA can be found at www.sia-online.org.



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