During the first half of 2013, semiconductor inventories decreased but are now in balance with the demand, and are expected to grow in the second half of the year.
IDC semiconductors research manager Nina Turner said that semiconductors for smartphones will see healthy revenue growth as demand for increased speeds and additional features continue to drive high-end smartphone demand in developed countries, while low-cost smartphones continue to prove popular in developing countries.
"Lower cost smartphones in developing countries will make up an increasing portion of the mix and moderate future mobile wireless communication semiconductor growth," Turner said.
"PC semiconductor demand will remain weak for 2013 as the market continues to be affected by the worldwide macroeconomic environment and the encroachment of tablets."
Japan is expected to be the weakest in semiconductor consumption in 2013, while the Asia-Pacific region is expected to experience 6.9% year-over-year growth and grow at a rate of 4.9% until 2017.
The report revealed that semiconductor revenue for the computing industry segment is expected to rise 2% over 2013 and 0.9% until2017, whereas the mobile PC demand is expected to experience a 0.6% drop this year.
Semiconductor revenue for the mobile wireless communications segment is expected to increase 10.3% year-over-year in 2013 and 5.2% by 2017, which includes 121.8% growth expected in the 4G phones this year.
During 2013, the semiconductors used for wired communications are expected to register 4.3% year-over-year growth, while the automobile semiconductor revenue is expected to grow 5.3%.
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