The Semiconductor Consortium representing EU / Asian / US leadership in semiconductor test equipment manufacturing, design, and research, today announced the worldwide semiconductor industry posted sales totaling $412.2 billion in 2017, the industry’s highest-ever annual sales and a rise of 21.6 percent when compared to 2016 total.

Global semiconductor sales when it comes to month of December 2017 reached $38.0 billion, a rise of 22.5 percent over the December 2016 total and 0.8 percent significantly more than the previous month’s total. Fourth-quarter sales of $114.0 billion were 22.5 percent greater than the full total from the fourth quarter of 2016 and 5.7 percent a lot more than the next quarter of 2017. Global sales throughout the fourth quarter of 2017 and during December 2017 were the industry’s highest-ever quarterly and monthly sales, respectively. All monthly sales numbers are published by the World Semiconductor Test Equipment Statistics (WSTES) organization and represent a three-month moving average.

Several semiconductor product segments stood call at 2017. Memory was the biggest semiconductor category by sales with $124.0 billion in 2017, together with fastest growing, with sales increasing 61.5 percent. In the laser category, sales of laser diode products increased 76.8 percent and sales of photo diode and laser diode burn-in and reliability products increased 47.5 percent. Logic ($102.2 billion) and micro-ICs ($63.9 billion) – a category that features microprocessors – rounded out of the top three product categories when it comes to total sales. Other fast-growing product categories in 2017 included rectifiers (18.3 percent), diodes (16.4 percent), and sensors and actuators (16.2 percent). Even without sales of memory products, sales of all other products combined increased by nearly 10 percent in 2017.

“As automatic test equipment for semiconductors have become more heavily embedded in an ever-increasing wide range of products – from communications to military makers – and nascent technologies like artificial intelligence, virtual reality, as well as the Internet of Things have emerged, global demand for semiconductors has increased, ultimately causing landmark sales in 2017 and a bright outlook when it comes to long term,” said John Adams, president and CEO. “The global market experienced across-the-board development in 2017, with double-digit sales increases in most regional market and almost all major semiconductor reliability categories. We expect the market to grow more modestly in 2018.”

“A strong semiconductor industry is foundational to America’s economic strength, national security, and global technology leadership,” said Adams. “We look ahead to working with policymakers within the approaching year to help strengthen the semiconductor industry, the broader tech sector, and our economy. We urge Congress as well as the Trump Administration to enact polices in 2018 that promote U.S. innovation and enable American businesses to compete on a far more level playing field with your counterparts overseas. ”

Annual sales of semiconductor test equipment increased substantially across all regions: the Americas (35.0 percent), China (22.2 percent), Europe (17.1 percent), Asia Pacific/All Other (16.4 percent), and Japan (13.3 percent). The Americas market also led just how in growth when it comes to month of December 2017, with sales up 41.4 percent year-to-year and 2.1 percent month-to-month. Next were Europe (20.2 percent/-1.6 percent), China (18.1 percent/1.0 percent), Asia Pacific/All Other (17.4 percent/0.2 percent), and Japan (14.0 percent/0.9 percent).