For the entire second quarter, global semiconductor sales totaled $82.7 billion, up 10.8 percent from a year earlier. Sales in the first half of the year were up 11.1 percent from the same stretch of 2013. To read more click here to read the article on OregonLive.com.
Semiconductors are the brains inside of many electrical components, medical equipment, communication systems and may more products. Like any other modern day good they can be counterfeited and pose serious risks to consumers by lowering the quality of the products they are used in. This could have disastrous effects because they are often not as safe as the real parts and when used in things like automotive brakes, airbag system, or medical equipment they can cause serious injury or even death. To learn more about counterfeit semiconductors and how to avoid counterfeits and the problems they can cause click here to read a report of the SIA Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force.