Gartner Says Worldwide Semiconductor Spending to Reach $316 Billion in 2012, a 4 Per Cent Increase from 2011

Egham, UK, (PresseBox) - Worldwide semiconductor revenue is projected to total $316 billion in 2012, a 4 per cent increase from 2011, according to Gartner, Inc. This outlook is up from Gartner's previous forecast in the fourth quarter of 2011 for 2.2 per cent growth.

"The semiconductor industry is poised for a rebound starting in the second quarter of 2012," said Bryan Lewis, research vice president at Gartner. "The inventory correction is expected to conclude this quarter, foundry utilisation rates are bottoming, and the economic outlook is stabilising."

In the memory sector, DRAM pricing is expected to improve beginning in the second quarter of 2012. The DRAM market will show a slight revenue increase in 2012 (up 0.9 per cent from 2011) after being the worst-performing market in 2011, declining 25 per cent. DRAM prices were down about 50 per cent in 2011, and Gartner analysts expect pricing to rebound in part due to Elpida filing bankruptcy protection. NAND flash memory, however, is one of the fastest-growing device types in 2012, with revenue forecast to grow 18 per cent. Analysts attribute the NAND flash growth to a strong increase in mobile consumer devices and solid-state drives.

Media tablet unit production is forecast to increase 78 per cent over 2011, and semiconductor revenue from media tablets will reach $9.5 billion in 2012. Quad-core processors and higher-resolution displays will be mainstream for tablets in 2012.

PC unit production in 2012 is projected to increase 4.7 per cent, and semiconductor revenue from PCs will reach $57.8 billion. Mobile phone unit production is expected to grow 6.7 per cent, with semiconductor revenue for mobile phones totalling $57.2 billion in 2012. Gartner analysts said that further innovation focused on location and context will require advances in sensing, processing, displays, connectivity and power efficiency.

"2012 should be a reasonably strong year for the semiconductor industry if the macroeconomic outlook stays in check," Mr Lewis said. "Gartner's 2012 semiconductor forecast of 4 per cent growth assumes the European debt issues stay contained, Iran/Israel tensions stay in check, and solid growth from China."

Gartner Deutschland GmbH

Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT) is the world's leading information technology research and advisory company. Gartner delivers the technology-related insight necessary for its clients to make the right decisions, every day. From CIOs and senior IT leaders in corporations and government agencies, to business leaders in high-tech and telecom enterprises and professional services firms, to technology investors, Gartner is a valuable partner to 60,000 clients in 11,500 distinct organizations. Through the resources of Gartner Research, Gartner Executive Programs, Gartner Consulting and Gartner Events, Gartner works with every client to research, analyze and interpret the business of IT within the context of their individual role. Founded in 1979, Gartner is headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, USA, and has 4,500 associates, including 1,250 research analysts and consultants, and clients in 85 countries. For more information, visit www.gartner.com.

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