Gartner bit less pessimistic about semiconductor market

Posted on Friday, Aug 28 2009 @ 04:00 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Research firm Gartner has revised its global semiconductor market forecast to -17 percent for 2009. Earlier this year, the company predicted a drop of 22.4 percent but now it's less pessimistic due to strong customer demand and the impact of stimulus packages in China. More info at EE Times.
According to the market watcher, the world's total semiconductor industry will achieve revenues of $212 billion in 2009. While this still is significantly lower than in 2008 when the industry sold chips and transistors for $255 million, Gartner sees a very positive response from customers to price reductions offered by device vendors under the pressure of the crisis. "Consumers reacted strongly to reduced PCs and LCD TV pricing as price elasticity as amazing," said Gartner research vice president Bryan Lewis. Short-term demand got another boost from stimulus packages in particular in China.

This demand in turn boosted semiconductor revenues in the second quarter. With Intel's sales up 12 percent sequentially and Samsung selling 30 percent more, memory prices rebound and so did PC production.

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