An industry source has suggested that the recovery of the semiconductor market in 2009 was led by the popularity of memory devices.
Writing for Bizmology, Jeff Dorsch claimed that 2009 was a tough year for the sector and the spike in interest in memory products over the summer sparked a revival which led to many analysts predicting a healthy year in 2010.
He explained that PCs and wireless phones account for 60 per cent of global demand for semiconductors, with both areas poised for growth in the coming 12 months.
Mr Dorsch highlighted how sales could be driven by a new phone being released by Google and a "widely rumoured" computer set to be launched by Apple.
"2010 looks to be a stronger year for microchip sales as the recession fades and people start buying more consumer electronics and (maybe) automobiles and other big-ticket items," he commented.
Last month, the Joong Ang Daily quoted a report by the Korea Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in which it was predicted that the value of production of semiconductors for members could see a 27.4 per cent rise.