Wafer sales on the up and up

Industry group SEMI has reported that silicon wafer revenues shipped to fabs saw an increase of 40 percent in 2010, making up a respectable $10.2 billion.

All wafer diameter shipments experienced solid growth, with rates for 150- and 200-mm shipments flying at a rate similar to 300-mm over the last year according to EE Times.  

In 2009 through to 2010, Photomask revenues grew from $2.7 billion to $3 billion. Photoresists grew from $1.9 billion to $2.45 billlion, gas and wet chemicals grew from $3.2 billion to $3.78 billion and CMP saw a short boost from $916 million up to $1.35 billion. 

The materials market is set to keep growing.

SEMI predicts that silicon wafer revenues are forecast for sales of $10.79 billion in 2011, while Photomask revenues will hit $3.1 billion. Photoresists and Ancillary Chemicals are forecast to reach $2.52 billion this year, while gas & wet chemicals should read the $4 billion mark. CMP materials will reach almost $1.3 billion in 2011.