Global Semiconductor Sales Rise
A boost in May chip sales from consumer gadgets and notebooks will help carry the industry through 2006, the SIA says.Across the globe, sales of semiconductors grew to 19.7 billion in May, an increase of 9.4 percent from the same time period in 2005, the Semiconductor Industry Association announced. The popularity of consumer gadgets such as cell phones and digital cameras, combined with a drop in the average price of notebook computers to under $1,000, helped fuel the growth, according to SIAs Global Sales Report, released July 3. "Strong growth in sales of NOR flash memory products and optoelectronic devices are indicators of continued growth in sales of digital cameras and cell phones," said George Scalise, president of the SIA, based in San Jose, Calif.
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