Semiconductor Industry Saw Less-than-expected Drop in 2009 as Strong Focus on Inventories Pays Off

Industry association sees semi supply chain poised for growth in 2010 as moderate growth in demand fuels recovery

San Jose, CA — February 3, 2010 — Worldwide semiconductor sales fell by just 9 percent in 2009 against the year before, marking less of a drop than might have been expected, given the economic turmoil that roiled the markets last year, according to a new report from the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).

Semi sales tallied $226.3 billion last year, down from 2008 sales of $248.6 billion. Total sales for 2009 surpassed the SIA forecast of $219.7 billion.