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UPDATE 1-Global chip sales up 2.2 pct in April vs March - SIA

* SIA: April global chip sales $23.6 bln

* SIA: Chip sales to return to historical seasonal trends

June 1 (Reuters) - Worldwide semiconductor sales in April rose 2.2 percent from March to $23.6 billion, driven by the growing adoption of 3G wireless communications and a recovery in demand from the enterprise, automotive and industrial sectors, the Semiconductor Industry Association said.

Going forward, semiconductor sales will return to historical seasonal patterns, SIA said.

Sales in April rose 50.4 percent from a year ago as the industry continued to rise from the trough of the recession.

“Global sales of semiconductors grew at a healthy rate in April, surpassing the previous monthly record level of November 2007,” SIA President George Scalise said.

“As expected, both the year-on-year and sequential growth rates moderated slightly.”

Major chipmakers include Intel Corp INTC.O, Texas Instruments Inc TXN.N, Advanced Micro Devices Inc AMD.N, Broadcom Corp BRCM.O, National Semiconductor Corp NSM.N, Nvidia Corp NVDA.O, Qualcomm Corp QCOM.O, Samsung Electronics Co 005930.KS and Hynix Semiconductor 000660.KS. (Reporting by Manasi Phadke in Bangalore; Editing by Anne Pallivathuckal)

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