KUALA LUMPUR: Global silicon wafer area shipments rose 2.7% to 2.92 billion square inches in the first quarter of 2020 from 2.84 billion square inches in the fourth quarter of last year.
The SEMI Silicon Manufacturers Group (SMG) reported on Tuesday the 1Q 2020 shipments were however lower by 4.3% froma year ago.
"Global silicon wafer shipments rebounded slightly in the first quarter of 2020 after declining for one year, ” said Neil Weaver, chairman SEMI SMG.
“However, with the disruptions caused by the coronavirus, market uncertainty will prevail in the upcoming quarters, ” said Weaver, who is vice president, product development and applications engineering at Shin Etsu Handotai America.
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 most semiconductor devices, or chips, are fabricated.