What once looked like a good year for computers and chips has now fizzled, say researchers.
IHS iSuppli said Friday that global semiconductor chip shipments are set to fall by 0.1 percent this year. That’s down from a previous forecast for growth of up to 3 percent. It’s the first annual decline since recession-colored 2009.
ISuppli said shipments slowed noticeably compared to normal seasonal patterns in the April to June period. The weak global economy is one culprit, but most of the slowdown is in chips for PCs, iSuppli said.