Phone shipments lift global chip sales in January

Worldwide semiconductor sales rose 9.2% in January, boosted by better-than-expected cell phone shipments and strong sales of personal computers, digital cameras and music players, an Associated Press report, quoting an industry group, said.

The Associated Press report said chip sales were $21.47 billion in January, up from $19.66 billion in January 2006, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association.

The report said sales for the month showed a seasonal 1.2% decline from December, according to the group.

Cell phone shipments reached 1.02 billion units in 2006, according to final figures, above earlier estimates, the report said.

San Jose-based SIA has represented US chip manufacturers since 1977.