Thursday 07 Dec 2023
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KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 8): Global silicon wafer shipments are projected to increase 4.8% year-on-year in 2022 to a record high of nearly 14,700 millions of square inches (MSI), according to the US-based Semiconductor Equipment & Materials International (SEMI).

Silicon wafers are the fundamental building material for the majority of semiconductors, which are vital components of all electronic devices.

The highly engineered thin disks are produced in diameters of up to 12 inches and serve as the substrate material on which most semiconductor devices, or chips, are fabricated.

In a statement on its website on Monday (Nov 7), SEMI said the growth is expected to temper in 2023 due to challenging macroeconomic conditions but is forecast to rebound in the years that follow on strong demand for semiconductors used in data center, automotive and industrial applications.

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