Chip Sales Grew in May at Fastest Rate in Three Years
Published on July 2, 2013
by Arik Hesseldahl
chip380Sales of personal computers and servers may be slowing down, but sales of chips are growing faster than at any time in the last three years, according to new figures from the Semiconductor Industry Association.
The trade organization said global chip sales reached $24.7 billion, up 4.6 percent from the previous month, and a 1.3 percent increase over March 2012. The increase amounts to the biggest month-to-month sales increase since March of 2010.
Sales in the Asia Pacific region grew the most, nearly six percent, while the Americas grew 5.6 percent. Japan and Europe also grew slightly, marking the first time in a year that all four regions have seen month-to-month growth since mid-2012.
It’s a big improvement versus April, when sales fell nearly two percent from the year-ago period. In a statement, SIA president Brian Toohey called the results “unambiguously strong.”
Some difficulties for Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) may be vanishing from the face of the earth thanks to Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM). Not to mention, Apple could join Samsung (SSNLF.PK) to have the fastest mobile network data speeds available.
Apple’s latest phone, the iPhone 5, had to be designed in several different versions because networks around the world were not uniform and the phone didn’t have a chip that could let it run on every network. This not only made it more difficult for owners to roam the earth with their phones, but it also meant some owners couldn’t use the phone at 4G speeds — a major fault for a modern device in the fast moving technology industry.
Having the right chipset might have even kept Apple’s iPhone 5 from making it onto the world’s largest mobile carrier — China Mobile (NYSE:CHL). Now, Apple might be able to implement a universal solution to the connectivity problems that have slowed it down in some markets and may have kept it out of others.
Once again the mental mango posts nothing of significance to SMSI. I do wonder why the mental mango uses this board to post information of no relevance to SMSI day after day. Overdosed in the three letter abbreviation orgasmatron no doubt.