THE OUTLOOK for the chip industry has improved from earlier 2010 forecasts, says analyst firm Gartner.
Worldwide semiconductor revenue is predicted to grow by 27 per cent in 2010 and reach $290 billion, a 27 per cent increase from 2009 revenue of $228 billion.
This in itself isn't so surprising, but it does show real positivity in the fact that it bettered Gartner's previous prediction of 19.9 per cent growth over last year. The firm said that the improvement was due to chip revenue recovery in all worldwide regions and all product categories.
But Gartner research VP Bryan Lewis warned, "Chip revenue growth is clearly outpacing system revenue growth and that is a concern."
However he affirmed, "We are still expecting very strong growth and record semiconductor sales in 2010."
The PC and mobile phone markets were predicted to account for about 40 per cent of chip growth. Chip demands for netbooks, smartphones and other devices only look to be increasing, Gartner said.
The strong PC growth and rising DRAM prices mean that the 2010 DRAM market should surge by 78 per cent. By 2013 the increasing demand for tablets such as the Apple Ipad will be likely to fuel even more growth in this category, according to the industry soothsayers at Gartner. µ