TAIWANESE CHIPMAKER UMC, which is the world's second-largest contract chip foundry, has warned that chip demand will outstrip supply in the next few months.
While this is good news for the chipmakers, it is not so great news for OEMS and consumers, who might find that the semiconductor shortage will create price hikes.
According to Reuters, UMC's CFO Liu Chi-tung said that worries that the financial troubles in the Euro zone might stifle chip demand do not seem to have panned out. He is still optimistic about continuing strong demand in the second half of this year, too.
Meanwhile TSMC Chairman and CEO Morris Chang seems to agree, saying that the global semiconductor market will remain in good shape in the second half of 2010. He is predicting that global chip sales will rise by seven per cent annually for the next six years.
"The market will still stay at a high level in the second half," said Chang. He forecast that global chip sales will grow about 30 per cent this year, higher than his April forecast for a 22 per cent rise.
Chang said that the global economy will continue to improve into next year and that demand for semiconductor products will also increase in fast-growing emerging markets. µ
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