Silicon Wafer Consenus Forecast


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SEMI SILICON MANUFACTURERS GROUP ANNOUNCES SILICON WAFER SHIPMENT
CONSENSUS FORECAST

Wafer Shipments Forecast to Grow 18 Percent in 2006

SAN JOSE, Calif. – October 2, 2006 – The leading suppliers of silicon wafers participated in a consensus survey, obtained from SEMI surveying the SMG members. This survey provides an outlook for the demand in silicon units for the period 2006 – 2009. The results show silicon shipments reaching 7,811 million square inches in 2006, 8,199 million square inches in 2007, 9,370 million square inches in 2008, and 9,764 million square inches in 2009 (please refer to below table). Total wafer shipments are expected to experience robust growth through the entire forecast period, with an average CAGR of over 10% from 2005 – 2009.

"We are currently seeing unprecedented demand, driven by the end market electronic applications. The silicon segment that is experiencing the greatest growth is 300mm, which is anticipated to be over 30% of total silicon volumes in 2007.” said Tatsuhiko Shigematsu, chairman SEMI SMG and technology officer of SUMCO Corporation.

2006 Consensus Forecast

Total Electronic Grade Silicon Slices

(Millions of Square Inches)

 

Actual

Forecast

 

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

MSI

6,645

7,811

8,199

9,370

9,764

Annual Growth

6%

18%

5%

14%

4%


Silicon wafers are the fundamental building material for semiconductors, which in turn, are vital components of virtually all electronics goods, including computers, telecommunications products, and consumer electronics. The highly engineered thin round disks are produced in various diameters (from one inch to 12 inches) and serve as the substrate material on which more than 95 percent of today’s semiconductor devices or "chips" are fabricated.


All data cited in this release are inclusive of polished silicon wafers, including virgin test wafers, epitaxial silicon wafers, and non-polished silicon wafers shipped by the wafer manufacturers to the end-users.

The Silicon Manufacturers Group acts as an independent special interest group within the SEMI structure and is open to SEMI members involved in manufacturing polycrystalline silicon, monocrystalline silicon or silicon wafers (e.g., as cut, polished, epi, etc.). The purpose of the group is to facilitate collective efforts on issues related to the silicon industry including the development of market information and statistics about the silicon industry and the semiconductor market.


SEMI is a global industry association serving companies that provide equipment, materials and services used to manufacture semiconductors, displays, nano-scaled structures, micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) and related technologies. SEMI maintains offices in Austin, Beijing, Brussels, Hsinchu, Moscow, San Jose (Calif.), Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit www.semi.org.

ASSOCIATION CONTACTS:
Dan Tracy
Tel: 408.943.7987
Email: dtracy@semi.org

Scott Smith/SEMI
Tel: 408.943.7957
Email: ssmith@semi.org

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