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China's semiconductor performance far exceeds worldwide market

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China's semiconductor consumption market and industry growth accounts for more than 10 times those of the worldwide semiconductor industry, according to PwC's report China's Impact on the Semiconductor Industry 2012 Update.

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Greater China, which includes mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, accounted for more than half of the worldwide semiconductor consumption market, the report found. In the last four years, Greater China's semiconductor industry has grown 34 percent compared to a worldwide 17 percent growth.

China's consumption market growth of 14.6 percent contributed to it achieving a record 47 percent of the global market. China's exceptional growth resulted from the country's dominant position in the production of smart phones and tablets.

China's semiconductor design, or fabless sector, continues to grow at a rapid pace and registered an impressive growth of 36 percent.

The export market has been the major contributor to the growth of China's semiconductor market for the last decade, with 63 percent of all the semiconductors consumed in China used in components of finished products assembled in China and exported for sale in other countries.

From 2003 to 2011, China's share of the worldwide semiconductor consumption market has grown from less than19 percent to over 47 percent. From 2001-2011 China's semiconductor industry has achieved a 10-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 24 percent.

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