Silicon wafer shipments increased by 3.4% during 1Q 2017 over 4Q 2016 reaching their highest recorded quarterly level and defying typical seasonal weakening.
The total silicon wafer area shipments were 2,858 million square inches during the most recent quarter, which is a 3.4% increase from the 2,764 million square inches shipped during the previous quarter. New quarterly total area shipments are 12.6% higher than the shipments in the first quarter of 2016, the highest recorded quarterly level.
"Global silicon wafer volume shipments for the first quarter defied typical seasonal weakening," said Chungwei Lee, Chairman of SEMI SMG and Spokesman, VP, Corporate Development & Chief Auditor of GlobalWafers. "Continued growth on top of the previous record quarterly shipments has resulted in another record level of silicon shipped."
Figure 1: All data cited by SEMI are inclusive of polished silicon wafers, including virgin test wafers, epitaxial silicon wafers, and non-polished silicon wafers shipped by the wafer manufacturers to the end-users.