The weak global economy shows that, even though it does so at everyone's expense, it is still alive and well. The semiconductor industry is suffering because of it.
Semiconductor is a word employed for all types of processors used in the industry today.
That means DRAM (dynamic random access memory), CPUs (central processing units), flash memory and all other types of processors.
According to iSuppli, the revenues for semiconductor silicon will decrease, in 2012, by 2.3% compared to 2011.
That means a slip from $310 billion / 233 billion Euro to $303 billion / 227.79 billion Euro.
Late last year, many felt that the small gain of 1.3% over 2010 was pitiable, but it is anything but now.
The outcome was caused by low demand for laptops and desktops, as well as the increased capacity-per-chip in the case of DRAM and NAND.