SEMI: Global silicon wafer shipments are expected to hit a new record in 2022

The International Semiconductor Equipment and Materials Association (SEMI) pointed out in the annual silicon shipment forecast report of the semiconductor industry that global silicon wafer shipments are expected to increase by 4.8% year-on-year in 2022, reaching An all-time high of nearly 14,700 million square inches (MSI) .

Growth is expected to slow in 2023 due to macroeconomic impacts but will rebound in the next few years as demand for semiconductors in data centers, automotive and industrial applications is strong, according to reports.

SEMI said that silicon wafers are the basic building materials for most semiconductors, and semiconductors are an important part of all electronic products. Highly engineered wafers up to 12 inches in diameter can be used as substrate materials for the manufacture of most semiconductor devices or chips.

The above data includes polished silicon wafers and epitaxial silicon wafers shipped by wafer manufacturers to end users and does not include unpolished or recycled silicon wafers.

SEMI data shows that in the third quarter of 2022, the global silicon wafer shipment area reached a new record of 3.741 billion square inches, an increase of 1.0% month-on-month and a year-on-year increase of 2.5%.

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