EETimes.com – Firm raises foundry forecast

EETimes.com – Firm raises foundry forecast.

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Market research firm iSuppli Corp. has raised its revenue forecast for the pure-play semiconductor foundry market in 2010.

The firm has also raised its revenue forecast for all semiconductor foundry activity for 2010 to $29.8 billion, up 42.3 percent from 2009’s $22.1 billion. iSuppli previously predicted revenue would rise 39.5 percent this year.

By 2014, total pure-play foundry revenue will reach $45.9 billion, managing a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.4 percent from $26.8 billion in 2008. iSuppli hasn’t changed its forecast for capital expenditures by the foundry segment in 2010. iSuppli still sees foundries spending 123 percent more on capital equipment in 2010 over 2009.

“During the first three quarters of 2010, foundries were under intense pressure to meet customer demand,” said Len Jelinek, director and chief analyst for semiconductor manufacturing at iSuppli, in a statement. “The pressure is leading to increased revenue, as consumer spending has come back with a vengeance following a dramatic downturn in the fourth quarter of 2008 and for all of 2009.”

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