Semiconductor production capacity up 8.8% in Q3 2004

Worldwide fab manufacturing capacity utilization turned down in Q3 2004, as IC capacity was added but production at the foundries and integrated device manufacturers (IDMs) increased by just 0.7% QTQ and by 13.

Worldwide fab manufacturing capacity utilization turned down in Q3 2004, as IC capacity was added but production at the foundries and integrated device manufacturers (IDMs) increased by just 0.7% QTQ and by 13.6% YTY, according to Semiconductor International Capacity Statistics (SICAS) figures. Worldwide wafer capacity increased by 3.6% sequentially to 1,456.9 thousand wafer starts per week (kwspw), up 8.8% YTY.

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