According to SEMI, global silicon wafer shipments in the second quarter of 2022 surpassed the record high set in the first quarter of this year, increasing 1% quarter-over-quarter to 3,704 million square inches. Additionally, wafer shipments in the second quarter were up 5% from the 3.534 billion square inches reported in the same period last year.
“Silicon shipments and demand remain robust driven by a strong semiconductor market,” said Anna-Riikka Vuorikari-Antikainen, Chairman of SEMI SMG and Chief Commercial Officer at Okmetic. “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.”
Data cited in the SEMI report include polished silicon wafers such as virgin test and epitaxial silicon wafers, as well as non-polished silicon wafers shipped to end users.
For more information, please visit SEMI Worldwide Silicon Wafer Shipment Statistics.