02.05.2022, 21:00

Worldwide Silicon Wafer Shipments Edge Higher to New Record in First Quarter 2022, SEMI Reports

Worldwide Silicon Wafer Shipments Edge Higher to New Record in First Quarter 2022, SEMI Reports

MILPITAS, Calif., May 2, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Worldwide silicon wafer area shipments in the first quarter of 2022 surpassed the previous record high set in the third quarter of 2021, rising 1% quarter-over-quarter to 3,679 million square inches, according to the SEMI Silicon Manufacturers Group (SMG) in its quarterly analysis of the silicon wafer industry. First-quarter 2022 silicon wafer shipments saw 10% growth from the 3,337 million square inches reported during the same quarter last year.

"This new silicon shipping milestone points to continued growth in all areas of the semiconductor market," said Anna-Riikka Vuorikari-Antikainen, Chairman of SEMI SMG and Chief Commercial Officer at Okmetic. "Silicon wafer supply remains tight and may stay constrained with many new announced semiconductor fab investments."

Silicon Area Shipment Trends – Semiconductor Applications Only


Millions of Square Inches


4Q 2020

1Q 2021

2Q 2021

3Q 2021

4Q 2021

1Q 2022

Total

3,200

3,337

3,534

3,649

3,645

3,679