Semiconductor Sales Continue at Record Pace

The Semiconductor Industry Association announced Tuesday that global sales of semiconductors continued to set a record pace in November, up 7.2 percent over a year earlier.

Worldwide sales for November 2005 reached $20.4 billion, up from $19 billion a year earlier, and a sequential increase of 1.7 percent from $20.1 billion in October 2005.

“Strong holiday season sales of consumer products such as cell phones, digital cameras, and MP3 players drove record sales of semiconductors in November,” said SIA President George Scalise in a prepared statement.

Sales of flash memory devices -- used in many hand-held consumer products -- increased 33 percent from a year earlier. Additionally, application-specific standard circuits, also used in many consumer products, rose nearly 34 percent over November 2004.

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