Predictions made by industry analyst IDC for the likely revenue growth seen by suppliers of semiconductors in 2010 and 2011 have been scaled up by between one and two percentage points.
The research firm first forecasted its expected growth for the semiconductors segment in June, but has now issued a largely qualitative revision to the previous report.
In addition to identifying key trends it claims are shaping the market, IDC adds a little to each of its growth estimates, now foreseeing an increase of up to 24 per cent in the sector's revenues for the full year 2010.
The coming year is not expected to achieve the same rate of growth, but a high single-figure forecast is made of between eight and nine per cent.
Among the driving forces behind this is the release of Windows 7, which is expected to create a new upgrade cycle for IT managers in 2011.
In the June report, IDC noted double-digit growth in semiconductor revenues in the smartphones channel, expected to continue in the high single figures throughout the coming two years.