6-8% growth for semis this year.

A cheerful forecast for the semiconductor market comes from Semico who expect 6-8% growth for the year, making it the most optimisitic of the major forecasters.

IDC is forecasting 4.6%; IHS expects 4.3%; while Gartner and Future Horizons plump for 4% and IC Insights goes for 3%.

The SIA is forecasting a flat year which, according to Malcolm Penn, CEO of Future Horizons, is “totally and absolutely wrong, it’s not going to be less than 4%.”

Penn expects Q3 to be up 10% which is above the high side of most corporate guidance.

It is assumed that SIA forecasts are low because its members want them low to make their own company numbers look better.

Tags: Future Horizons, IC Insights

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