Leadframe Unit Shipments Trends Show Signs of Recovery
by Dan Tracy, senior director Industry Research & Statistics, SEMI
April 23, 2009
With the semiconductor industry contracting sharply in the fourth quarter of 2008 because of the broader troubles in the global economy, observers have sought signals that the worst of the downturn has passed. Recent news from top semiconductor companies and leading foundries indicate the business is beginning to pick up. Another sign indicating a change in direction is the recent data covering leadframe shipments.
Leadframes remain a key substrate technology used in packaging as an interface to provide electrical contact between the semiconductor device and the outside world. The three-month moving average shipment trends collected by SEMI clearly indicate 1) the sharp decline in shipments beginning in October of last year and 2) the recent uptick in shipments in the March data set.
Source: SEMI, April 2009
On a quarterly basis, leadframe shipments dropped by 30% in the fourth quarter of 2008 and dropped by another 39% in the first quarter of this year. Hopefully going forward, the semiconductor industry can realize a steady improvement in demand for devices following the dire turn of events in late 2008.