The increase is better than historical norms, according to John Pitzer, chip industry analyst at Credit Suisse Securities (USA). August marks the third month in a row that chip sales have been higher than seasonal norms.
is the month electronics manufacturers buy most of the chips they need
to prepare for holiday season gadget demand, the SIA said, indicating
companies expect strong Christmas sales. Rising PC demand is also
boosting overall chip sales because about 40 percent of all chips go
into PCs. Other goods are helping global chip sales by increasing the
number of chips used, such as automobile engines.
Sales of Personal Computers are way up worldwide as well; 12.5 percent higher than last year for the quarter.