KUALA LUMPUR: Global silicon wafer area shipments accelerated by 8% to 3,152 million square inches in 2Q of 2020, according to the SEMI Silicon Manufacturers Group.
It said on Tuesday, the shipments were higher than the 2,920 million square inches shipped in the first quarter of the year and were up by 6% from the previous corresponding quarter.
"While the short-term outlook remains uncertain due to coronavirus and geopolitical challenges impacting the broader industry, global silicon wafer shipments accelerated in the second quarter, ” said Neil Weaver, chairman SEMI SMG and vice president, product development and applications engineering at Shin Etsu Handotai America.
In its quarterly analysis of the silicon wafer industry, he said the strong first half of 2020 trended slightly higher than the first half of 2019.
The shipments included polished silicon wafers such as virgin test wafers and epitaxial silicon wafers, as well as non-polished silicon wafers shipped to end users.
Silicon wafers are used in semiconductors, which are crucial components in 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.