Semiconductor revenues to grow 2.4% in 2008

In-Stat expects worldwide semiconductor revenue to grow by 2.4% in 2008 to $261.9 bln. The consumer segment will lead 2008 growth at 5.9% and the consumer and communications segments will gain share while the computer segment share declines over the forecast period. The computer segment, whose share has been trending downward since 2000, is expected to remain the largest segment by a wide margin, although, by 2012, its share is forecast to be 41.8%, well below the 50% + levels of the 1990s.