Chip Sales Rise 21.6%, Top $400B for
February 6, 2018
The global semiconductor industry posted sales totaling $412.2 billion in 2017, the industry’s highest-ever annual sales and an increase of 21.6 percent compared to the 2016 total. Global sales for the month of December 2017 reached $38.0 billion, an increase of 22.5 percent over the December 2016 total and 0.8 percent more than the previous month’s total. Fourth-quarter sales of $114.0 billion were 22.5 percent higher than the total from the fourth quarter of 2016 and 5.7 percent more than the third quarter of 2017. Global sales during the fourth quarter of 2017 and during December 2017 were the industry’s highest-ever quarterly and monthly sales, respectively. All monthly sales numbers are compiled by the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization and represent a three-month moving average.
“As semiconductors have become more heavily embedded in an ever-increasing number of products – from cars to coffee makers – and nascent technologies like artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and the Internet of Things have emerged, global demand for semiconductors has increased, leading to landmark sales in 2017 and a bright outlook for the long term,” said John Neuffer, SIA president and CEO. “The global market experienced across-the-board growth in 2017, with double-digit sales increases in every regional market and nearly all major product categories. We expect the market to grow more modestly in 2018.”
Several semiconductor product segments stood
out in 2017. Memory was the largest semiconductor category by sales with
$124.0 billion in 2017, and the fastest growing, with sales increasing
61.5 percent. Within the memory category, sales of DRAM products
increased 76.8 percent and sales of NAND flash products increased 47.5
percent. Logic ($102.2 billion) and micro-ICs ($63.9 billion) – a
category that includes microprocessors – rounded out the top three
product categories in terms of total sales. Other fast-growing product
categories in 2017 included rectifiers (18.3 percent), diodes (16.4
percent), and sensors and actuators (16.2 percent). Even without sales
of memory products, sales of all other products combined increased by
nearly 10 percent in 2017.