Worldwide semiconductor sales came to US$50.6 billion in March, up 1.1% sequentially. Sales totalled US$151.7 billion for the first quarter of 2022, down by a slight 0.5% on quarter but up 23% on year.
The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) today announced worldwide sales of semiconductors totalled $151.7 billion during the first quarter of 2022, an increase of 23.0% over the first quarter of 2021, but 0.5% less than the fourth quarter of 2021. Global sales for the month of March 2022 were $50.6 billion, an increase of 1.1% compared to the previous month. Monthly sales are compiled by the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization and represent a three-month moving average. SIA represents 99% of the U.S. semiconductor industry by revenue and nearly two-thirds of non-U.S. chip firms.
“Global semiconductor sales remained strong during the first quarter of 2022, increasing across all major regional markets and product categories compared to the first quarter of last year,” said John Neuffer, SIA president and CEO. “For the month of March, sales into the Americas continued to lead all regional markets, increasing by 40.1% year-to-year.”
In addition to the year-to-year sales increase in the Americas, sales were up compared to March 2021 in Europe (25.7%), Japan (20.4%), Asia Pacific/All Other (17.9%), and China (17.3%). Month-to-month sales increased in Asia Pacific/All Other (2.9%), Europe (2.6%), Japan (1.4%), and China (1.0%), but fell slightly in the Americas (-1.5%).
IC Insights in its recent report disclosed that the world’s top-10 semiconductor companies held a combined 57% share of the total US$614.6 billion market in 2021. Five of the top-10 semiconductor sales leaders (excluding pure-play foundries) were fabless suppliers, compared with the only one fabless company (i.e., Qualcomm) in the ranking in 2008, and none in 2000.
MediaTek and AMD were the two new entrants into the top 10 ranking in 2021, according to IC Insights. MediaTek registered an amazing 61% jump in sales, which moved the company up three positions in the ranking (from 11th to 8th) while AMD posted an even larger 68% surge in sales in 2021 to go from the 14th position to the number 10 spot in the ranking
(With inputs from Digitimes & SIA)
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