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Semiconductor revenues forecast to show growth

TAIPEI--Worldwide semiconductor revenues are expected to grow in 2013 on the back of increasing popularity of smartphones and tablet computers, according to a research note from advisory firm Gartner Inc.

Worldwide semiconductor revenues are set to total US$315.4 billion in 2013, up 5.2 percent from the US$299.9 billion seen in 2012, the firm predicted.

“After a weak start to 2013 due to excess inventory, revenue growth strengthened in the second and third quarters before leveling off in the fourth quarter,” Andrew Norwood, research vice president at Gartner, said in the note.

Growth was mainly driven by dynamic random access memory (DRAM) chips, Norwood said, adding that the overall market “faced a number of demand headwinds.”

With production of personal computers declining 9 percent and the premium smartphone market showing signs of saturation, the lower-priced, entry-level and mid-range smartphone models saw more growth.

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