The semiconductor chip market looks to be heading for a double digit growth in 2014. One of the indicator the silicon wafer area shipments is increased by 9.5% to 2,587 million square inches during the 2nd quarter of 2014 compared to 2,363 million square inches shipped during the previous quarter. New quarterly total area shipments are 8.2 percent higher than second quarter 2013 shipments.
"For two consecutive quarters, strong silicon shipment growth has been recorded by the Silicon Manufacturers Group,” said Hiroshi Sumiya, chairman of SEMI SMG and general manager of the Corporate Planning Department of Shin-Etsu Handotai Co., Ltd. “Silicon wafer shipments reached an all-time high in the second quarter, surpassing the previous peak of 2,489 million square inches shipped in the third quarter of 2010.”
So when the foundries are consuming more silicon means more products during holiday shopping.