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Silicon Wafer Shipments Grew 40 Percent in 2010

Global silicon wafer area shipments increased by 40 percent and wafer revenue rose 45 percent in 2010 compared to 2009, according to the Silicon Manufacturers Group (SMG) of trade association SEMI.

Silicon wafer area shipments in 2010 totaled 9.37 billion square inches, up from the 6.707 billion square inches shipped in 2009. Revenue from silicon wafer shipments reached $9.7 billion up from $6.7 billion posted in 2009.

Dr. Volker Braetsch, chairman of SEMI SMG and corporate vice president of Siltronic AG, said there would continue to be "solid demand" in 2011, but growth will be more modest than in 2010.

Silicon wafers are the basic building material for semiconductors. The thin round disks are produced in diameters ranging from one to twelve inches.

The semiconductor industry recovery led to a rebound in silicon wafer shipments.