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Wireless driving semiconductor growth in 2013

Wireless is set to be the leading growth segment for semiconductor spending among oems in 2013, with expenditures rising by a double digit margin to support the burgeoning demand for smartphones and tablets.

According to IHS iSuppli, oem spending on semiconductors for wireless applications will rise by 13.5% this year to reach $69.6billion, up from $62.3bn in 2012.

This represents the highest rate of growth of the seven major application markets.

"The growth in wireless semiconductor spending this year reflects the strong and sustained consumer appeal of smartphones and media tablets - as well as the robust corporate infrastructure expenditures required to support this trend," said Myson Robles-Bruce, senior analyst for semiconductor design and spend at IHS.

"Mobile handsets continued to be the leading category for wireless semiconductor spending, but tablets are on the rise, with the new slate computers surpassing wireless infrastructure in 2012 for the first time ever."

Laura Hopperton

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