ESC 2004: Semiconductor manufacturing data has ups and downs

Also announced at electronicaUSA/ESC 2004 were results of semiconductor industry data that put outsourcing of chip design and manufacturing issues into perspective.


Also announced at electronicaUSA/ESC 2004 were results of semiconductor industry data that put outsourcing of chip design and manufacturing issues into perspective. Upside as well as downside developments are shown in the latest data of the Competitive Landscaping Tool (CLT) report from market research firm iSuppli Corp . U.S.-based companies sell most of the semiconductors needed in electronic equipment now being built in Asia, according to iSuppli. Despite outsourced chip production by some U.S.-based semiconductor suppliers, "many others continue to maintain extensive manufacturing and design operations in the U.S." Some statistics from the CLT report follow:

  • The world’s leading chip consumer is the Asia/Pacific region (including China), accounting for 39.9% of global semiconductor sales in 2003—compared to 37.4% in 2002 (29.9% in 2001). Share of consumption in the Americas went from near parity to Asia in 2001 to 20.3% in 2003.

  • Americas-based companies continue to dominate global chip sales, ringing up 48.7% of worldwide revenue in 2002, even with the above Asian chip-consumption shift.

  • Americas-based companies did even better in Asia/Pacific, with 2003 semiconductor sales reaching 51.2% in that region.

For more about iSuppli’s CLT release, click here .

—Frank J. Bartos, executive editor, Control Engineering,

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