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Silicon Wafer Shipments Declined in Third Quarter

Shipments of silicon wafers dropped two percent in the third quarter compared to the second quarter, reflecting sluggishness in the electronics industry, according to a quarterly analysis of the industry by trade association SEMI.

Total silicon wafer area shipments were 2.392 million square inches during the most recent quarter, down from the 2.489 million square inches shipped during the previous quarter. Third quarter area shipments were five percent less than third quarter 2010 shipments.

"Silicon shipments for the most recent quarter are reflecting the general hesitancy of the market,” said Dr. Volker Braetsch, chairman of SEMI’s Silicon Manufacturers Group and corporate vice president, Siltronic AG. “While total silicon shipments have softened, 300 mm diameter wafers actually shipped in record volumes.”

Shipments are for semiconductor applications only and do not include solar applications.

Silicon wafers are thin round disks produced in various diameters from one inch to twelve inches and serve as the substrate material on which most semiconductors are made.

SEMI is the global industry association serving the nano- and microelectronic manufacturing supply chains.