MILPITAS, Calif. May 3, 2021  World짯wi짯de sili짯con wafer area ship짯ments increased 4% to 3,337 mil짯li짯on squa짯re inches in the first quar짯ter of 2021 com짯pared to the fourth quar짯ter of 2020, top짯ping the pre짯vious his짯to짯ri짯cal high set in the third quar짯ter of 2018, accor짯ding to the SEMI Sili짯con Manu짯fac짯tu짯r짯ers Group (SMG) in its quar짯ter짯ly ana짯ly짯sis of the sili짯con wafer indus짯try. First-quar짯ter 2021 sili짯con wafer ship짯ments saw 14% growth from the 2,920 mil짯li짯on squa짯re inches log짯ged during the same quar짯ter last year.


Logic and foundry con짯ti짯nue to dri짯ve strong demand for sili짯con wafers, said Neil Wea짯ver, chair짯man SEMI SMG and Vice Pre짯si짯dent, Pro짯duct Deve짯lo짯p짯ment and Appli짯ca짯ti짯ons Engi짯nee짯ring at Shin Etsu Han짯do짯tai Ame짯ri짯ca. 쏷he memo짯ry mar짯ket reco짯very fur짯ther bols짯te짯red ship짯ment growth in the first quar짯ter of 2021.


Sili짯con Area Ship짯ment Trends Semi짯con짯duc짯tor Appli짯ca짯ti짯ons Only


Mil짯li짯ons of Squa짯re Inches

  4Q 2019 1Q 2020 2Q 2020 3Q 2020 4Q 2020 1Q 2021
Total 2,844 2,920 3,152 3,135 3,200 3,337
Source: SEMI (, May 2021

Data cited in this release includes polished sili짯con wafers such as vir짯gin test and epi짯taxi짯al sili짯con wafers, as well as non-polished sili짯con wafers ship짯ped to end users.

Sili짯con wafers are the fun짯da짯men짯tal buil짯ding mate짯ri짯al for the majo짯ri짯ty of semi짯con짯duc짯tors, which, in turn, are vital com짯pon짯ents of all elec짯tro짯nics goods, inclu짯ding com짯pu짯ters, tele짯com짯mu짯ni짯ca짯ti짯ons pro짯ducts, and con짯su짯mer elec짯tro짯nics. The high짯ly engi짯nee짯red thin disks are pro짯du짯ced in dia짯me짯ters of up to 12 inches and ser짯ve as the sub짯stra짯te mate짯ri짯al on which most semi짯con짯duc짯tor devices, or chips, are fabricated.

The SMG is a sub-com짯mit짯tee of the SEMI Elec짯tro짯nic Mate짯ri짯als Group (EMG) and is open to SEMI mem짯bers invol짯ved in manu짯fac짯tu짯ring poly짯crystal짯li짯ne sili짯con, mono짯crystal짯li짯ne sili짯con or sili짯con wafers (e.g., as cut, polished, epi). The pur짯po짯se of the SMG is to faci짯li짯ta짯te coll짯ec짯ti짯ve efforts on issues rela짯ted to the sili짯con indus짯try inclu짯ding the deve짯lo짯p짯ment of mar짯ket infor짯ma짯ti짯on and sta짯tis짯tics on the sili짯con indus짯try and the semi짯con짯duc짯tor market.

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