2010年硅晶圆出货面积总量为93.70亿平方英寸，2009年为67.07亿平方英寸。销售收入从2009年的67亿美元增至97亿美元。“显然2010年是半导体产业强势反弹的一年，致使硅晶圆需求大增40%。”SEMI SMG主席、Siltronic副总裁Volker Braetsch博士说道，“基于当前的市场预测，我们预计2011年硅晶圆市场仍保持坚实的需求，但增幅将放缓。”
Silicon Wafer Shipments Reach Record Levels in 2010
SAN JOSE, Calif. — February 8, 2011 — Worldwide silicon wafer area shipments increased by 40 percent in 2010 when compared to 2009 area shipments, according to the SEMI Silicon Manufacturers Group (SMG) in its year-end analysis of the silicon wafer industry. Revenues also improved by 45 percent in 2010 compared to 2009.
Silicon wafer area shipments in 2010 totaled 9,370 million square inches (MSI), up from the 6,707 million square inches shipped during 2009. Revenues reached $9.7 billion up from $6.7 billion posted in 2009. "2010 was clearly a very strong recovery year for the semiconductor industry, resulting in a 40 percent area growth in wafer demand.” said Dr. Volker Braetsch, chairman of SEMI SMG and corporate vice president of Siltronic AG. ”Given current market forecasts, we are expecting solid demand for silicon wafers in 2011, although at a much more modest post-recovery rate.”
Silicon wafers are the fundamental building material for semiconductors, which in turn, are vital components of virtually all electronics goods, including computers, telecommunications products, and consumer electronics. The highly engineered thin round disks are produced in various diameters (from one inch to 12 inches) and serve as the substrate material on which most semiconductor devices or "chips" are fabricated.