MPUs and memory sales boost 2014 semiconductor European market

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By eeNews Europe

Combined sales from January through October grew sharply (8.6%) compared to the same period in 2013, while on a worldwide basis, semiconductor sales in October 2014 were USD 29.685 billion, up 1.5% compared to September and up 9.6% versus October 2013.

Monthly European Semiconductor sales in billion – source WSTS

Based on the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS), the main drivers of October’s sales in Europe were the microprocessor market and the memory market, with MOS MPU, DRAMS and SRAM performing particularly well compared to September. Worldwide, application specific devices for communication (wireless and wired) and in-car entertainment applications remain a growth area.

In October, exchange rate effects were more noticeable than in September when comparing market growth in Euros and in Dollars. Measured in Euro, semiconductor sales were 2.475 billion Euros in October 2014, plus 2.1% versus the previous month and an increase of 9.0% versus the same month a year ago.

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