Good semiconductor sales figures hide memory black spot

Good semiconductor sales figures hide memory black spot
Tom Foremski
Global chip sales surged by 13 per cent in July, reports the US Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA). The American market showed a strong 19.4 per cent rise over the same period last year while European chip sales grew 12 per cent and Asian-Pacific chip demand rose by 16 per cent.
In its Global Billings Report, the SIA said that worldwide sales reached $11.61bn in July, compared with $10.24bn the previous year.
While the report is encouraging news, there are still major problems facing some chip companies because of the continuing slide in the price of memory chips. Japanese chip-makers recently said that memory chip prices continue to fall, despite cutbacks in production levels made in an effort to stabilise prices.


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