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Semiconductor sales up

Worldwide semiconductor sales in the second quarter rose 9.4% compared to the previous year, reaching £33bn.

Although the overall price of CPUs is coming down – seen in the price war between Intel and AMD – the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) says sales are being maintained as a result of increased demand for laptops and mobile phones.

The Asia Pacific region is currently seeing the fastest rise in semiconductor sales, which were up 12.8% in June, compared to the same month last year.

Europe is seeing the slowest growth in sales though, with the latest figures pointing to just over 1% sales growth.

The semiconductor industry is set to be given a new boost in future months, with the launch of new chipsets from both Intel and AMD, which support greater security and new virtualisation technologies.

 

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