31 Dec '12, 1am

PC sales drag on semi growth

2012 worldwide semiconductor sales will be 1% up on 2011 at $304bn says IDC and will grow 4.9% to $315bn in 2013. IDC blames the static market on: weakness in PC demand, memory price deterioration, semiconductor inventory rationalisation, global macroeconomic uncertainty from lower global GDP growth, a slowdown in China, the Eurozone debt crisis and recession and the ongoing fear of the so-called fiscal cliff, which will have an impact on IT spending. IDC pointed to a handful of bright spots propping up the semiconductor market, including smartphones, tablets, set-top boxes and automotive electronics. ‘We expect lower, but positive global GDP growth in 2013. Semiconductors for smartphones will see healthy revenue growth as appetite for data, multimedia processing, and multitasking will drive high-end smartphone demand in developed countries while an ongoing transition to 3...

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