Q2 beats wafer area shipment record

Q2 silicon wafer area shipments were up 1% q-o-q at 3,704 million square inches, topping the previous record high set in Q1, says SEMI’s Silicon Manufacturers Group (SMG).

Second-quarter silicon wafer shipments saw 5% growth from the 3,534 million square inches reported during the same quarter last year.

“Silicon shipments and demand remain robust driven by a strong semiconductor market,” says SMG chair  Anna-Riikka Vuorikari-Antikainen, “inflation, as in the case of other wafer fabrication materials, continues to place upward pricing pressures on silicon. Wafer supply, in the face of continuing semiconductor fab expansions, remains constrained.”

Silicon Area Shipment Trends – Semiconductor Applications Only

1Q 2021 2Q 2021 3Q 2021 4Q 2021 1Q 2022 2Q 2022
Total 3,337 3,534 3,649 3,645 3,679 3,704

Source: SEMI (www.semi.org), July 2022

Data cited include polished silicon wafers such as virgin test and epitaxial silicon wafers, as well as non-polished silicon wafers shipped to end users.

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