December sales of $27.6 billion were down 4.4% on November and down 5.2% on December 2014.
Q4 sales of $82.9 billion were 5.2% lower than the $87.4 billion of Q4 2014.
“Despite formidable headwinds, the global semiconductor industry posted solid sales in 2015, although falling just short of the record total from 2014,” says SIA CEO John Neuffer. “Factors that limited more robust sales in 2015 include softening demand, the strength of the dollar, and normal market trends and cyclicality. In spite of these challenges, modest market growth is projected for 2016.”
Logic was the largest semiconductor category by sales, with $90.8 billion in 2015, or 27% of the total semiconductor market.
Memory was worth $77.2 billion.
The market for ‘micro-ICs’, which includes processors, was worth ‘$61.3 billion.
Optoelectronics was the fastest growing segment, increasing 11.3% in 2015.
Other product segments that posted increased sales in 2015 include sensors and actuators, which reached $8.8 billion in sales for a 3.7% annual increase, NAND flash memory, which was worth $28.8 billion (and had a 2.2% increase), and analogue, worth $45.2 billion for a 1.9% increase.
2015 sales increased 7.7-% in China, but fell in every other regional market.
Sales in the Americas fell 0.8%, Europe fell 8.5%, Japan fell 10.7% , and Asia Pacific/All Other fell 0.2%.
“We urge Congress to enact polices in 2016 that promote innovation and growth,” said Neuffer. “One such initiative is the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a landmark agreement that would tear down myriad barriers to trade with countries in the Asia-Pacific. The TPP is good for the semiconductor industry, the tech sector, the American economy, and the global economy. Congress should approve it.”