Feeds

World chip sales jumped in September

'Very strong' buying activity, says trade body

Eight steps to building an HP BladeSystem

The world's electronics and other hardware manufacturers spent $19.6m on semiconductors in September, the US-based Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) said today - a total the organisation characterised as "very strong".

The figure is 5.2 per cent higher than August's total, and 5.6 per cent up on the number reported for September 2004. All territories showed a sequential increase in sales, though Europe and Japan were still down year on year.

The SIA's numbers are based on a rolling three-month average, the better to compensate for the industry's order-delivery-payment cycle. The figures were calculated by the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organisation.

For the third calendar quarter, world chip sales totalled $58.7bn, up 8.9 per cent sequentially from Q2's $55.6bn, and 6.3 per cent higher than the year-ago quarter's sales of $55.2bn.

Semiconductor sales for the first nine months of 2005 reached $167.6bn, an increase of 6.1 per cent from the first nine months of 2004.

“The September numbers show strong demand across most major product lines, reflecting continued strength in end markets," the SIA said. "Demand for chips used in a wide array of consumer products accounted for much of the September increase. Third-quarter PC unit sales continued to surpass expectations, increasing by 17 per cent over the same period of 2004, while unit sales of cell phones increased by 25 per cent from the third quarter of 2004. Sales of consumer electronics continued to be strong during the period."

The SIA said it believes the industry is on track to sell $226bn worth of chips this year. It needs to sell $58.4bn in the current quarter to meet that SIA-forecast total - less than the industry sold in Q3. ®

Mobile application security vulnerability report

More from The Register

next story
BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled
Auntie tight-lipped as major outage rolls on
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
White? Male? You work in tech? Let us guess ... Twitter? We KNEW it!
Grim diversity numbers dumped alongside Facebook earnings
HP, Microsoft prove it again: Big Business doesn't create jobs
SMEs get lip service - what they need is dinner at the Club
Bose says today IS F*** With Dre Day: Beats sued in patent battle
Music gear giant seeks some of that sweet, sweet Apple pie
Amazon Reveals One Weird Trick: A Loss On Almost $20bn In Sales
Investors really hate it: Share price plunge as growth SLOWS in key AWS division
Dude, you're getting a Dell – with BITCOIN: IT giant slurps cryptocash
1. Buy PC with Bitcoin. 2. Mine more coins. 3. Goto step 1
There's NOTHING on TV in Europe – American video DOMINATES
Even France's mega subsidies don't stop US content onslaught
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Prevent sensitive data leakage over insecure channels or stolen mobile devices.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.