May. 3, 2023 /SemiMedia/ -- According to SEMI's latest report, global silicon wafer shipments in the first quarter of 2023 fell 9.0% quarter-on-quarter to 3.265 billion square inches, down 11.3% from 3.679 billion square inches in the same period last year.

SEMI: Worldwide silicon wafer shipments decline in First Quarter 2023-SemiMedia

“The decline in silicon wafer shipments reflects softening semiconductor demand since early this year,” said Anna-Riikka Vuorikari-Antikainen, Chairman of SEMI SMG and Chief Commercial Officer at Okmetic. “Memory and consumer electronics have seen the largest drops in demand while the market for automotive and industrial applications remains more stable.”

The data cited in the report includes polished silicon wafers such as virgin test and epitaxial silicon wafers, as well as non-polished silicon wafers shipped to end users.