Troubled Outlook: Semiconductor Sales Down 5% in 2012

The organization said that global semiconductor sales were $24.30 billion in August, or about 0.1 percent above the July result of $24.27 billion.  Compared to August 2011, sales declined by 3.2 percent from $25.1 billion. For the year, chip sales are down 4.6 percent.

"Global semiconductor sales have held steady in recent months despite strong macroeconomic headwinds, but these challenges have hampered growth," said Brian Toohey, president and CEO of the SIA, in a statement. "With Election Day fast approaching, candidates should have a vigorous discussion about enacting government policies to reduce business uncertainty, accelerate the economic recovery and keep America at the forefront of innovation."

According to the organization chip sales declined across all geographic regions year over year, with substantyial drops taking place in Europe and the Americas.

 

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  • thecolorblue
    less innovation + prices too high = stagnation

    why upgrade?
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  • ojas
    oh noes the pc is dead

    but oh wait icrap has semiconductors too

    so if PCs are dead already then does this mean mobile devices aren't selling too well either?

    Oh noes the world has gone to hell! 5%!

    #tiredOfTheseArticlesNow
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  • jwcalla
    ojasoh noes the pc is deadbut oh wait icrap has semiconductors tooso if PCs are dead already then does this mean mobile devices aren't selling too well either?Oh noes the world has gone to hell! 5%!#tiredOfTheseArticlesNow


    Yeah but mobile SoCs sell for about $25 and x86 chips for $200. So you'd almost have to sell 10 mobile devices per x86 chip just to make up for any slack in desktop demand.
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