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Chips hit all-time sales high

Worldwide sales of semiconductors reached an all-time monthly record of US$20.5 billion in August, an increase of 10.5% from the US$18.6 billion reported for the same period last year, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).

The organisation said sales increased by 2.1% from July 2006, when total semiconductor sales were US$20.1 billion. The previous record for one-month worldwide chip sales was US$20.4 billion in November 2005.

“Once again we saw relatively strong sales across a very broad range of semiconductor products, which reflects healthy end-markets,” commented George Scalise, president of SIA.

“Sales growth was led by DRAMs, which increased by 7.5% from July and by 31.4% from August 2005, an indication that PC sales remained strong,” he added.

Scalise said sales of microprocessors increased by 2.1% from July, while declining by 6.8% from a year ago.

He put this change down to competition in the market leading to a year-on-year decline in average selling prices for microprocessors of 18% as unit sales have increased.

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