April 21, 2000 |
Motorola Inc. said it will spend $2 billion to buy and outfit a Scotland semiconductor plant owned by Hyundai Corp., a move to ease a shortage of parts for mobile phones. Motorola will pay $159.6 million for the 150-acre site in Dunfermline, the Scotsman newspaper reported. The company wouldn't comment on the price. Motorola will spend the rest over five years to equip the 1-million-square-foot building, unused since Seoul-based Hyundai stopped construction in 1998.
January 3, 2001 |
Global semiconductor sales grew 31% in 2000, down from a previous estimate of 37%, said market researcher Dataquest Inc., citing slowing sales of chips used in personal computers. Dataquest said the worldwide semiconductor market reached $222.1 billion in 2000, from $169 billion the previous year. In September, it estimated sales would reach $232 billion.
June 7, 2001 |
After one of its biggest slumps, the semiconductor industry will rebound in the second half of this year, grow 20% next year and 25% in 2003, the Semiconductor Industry Assn. said. What distinguishes this slump from the last one, which began in 1996 when the industry waited 12 quarters before cutting back on capacity, is that this time chip companies started paring capacity in only two quarters, the trade group said.
July 6, 1987 |
The European Economic Community Commission said today that it is investigating charges that Japanese companies are selling semiconductors at unfairly low prices--a process known as dumping--in the European market. The commission said the investigation was opened after claims by the European electronics industry that Japanese manufacturers were selling a new type of microchip called DRAMs in Europe at below-cost prices. DRAM stands for dynamic random access memories.
February 6, 2004 |
The United States is prepared to take legal action against China if it does not change tax policies that are blocking sales of U.S. semiconductors in the Chinese market, a U.S. official said. Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative Charles Freeman said the Bush administration was "actively preparing a case" to take to the World Trade Organization if the U.S. could not work out a solution with China in the next few months. The case would be the first the U.S.
November 2, 2001 |
Worldwide sales of semiconductors fell 44.6% to $10.2 billion in September, but there are some signs of improvement, an industry trade group said. September's sales also were 2.5% below August's level of $10.5billion--a slight improvement over the 3.5% decline from July to August, according to the Semiconductor Industry Assn. Despite the overall slump, chip makers saw sales improvements for a broad range of products during September, said George Scalise, the association's president.
March 13, 1990 |
AT&T signed an agreement Monday to share a key ingredient used to make advanced semiconductors under the auspices of Sematech, the consortium of computer chip makers formed to boost U.S. semiconductor competitiveness. Under the agreement, American Telephone & Telegraph Co. will allow a division of Olin Corp. to make and sell a chemical used to etch extremely detailed electronic circuitry on chips.
October 10, 1987 |
A key measure of the outlook for U.S. computer chip manufacturers, the book-to-bill ratio, declined to 1.04 in September from 1.06 in August, the Semiconductor Industry Assn. said Friday. But despite the decline, a spokesman for the trade group said the figures showed an unusually strong quarterly performance for semiconductor companies.
August 3, 2002 |
Semiconductor sales were down 1.6% worldwide in June from a year earlier because of sluggish sales of personal computers, the Semiconductor Industry Assn. said. For the second quarter overall, chip sales totaled $11.35 billion, down from $11.54 billion in the year-earlier quarter but up from $10.73 billion in the first quarter. The rise in sales from the first quarter was driven mostly by recovering demand in Asia. The association said it expects full-year 2002 sales to rise 3% from 2001.
November 4, 1999 |
A big reason for Nasdaq 3,000: Stocks of many computer chip makers and their equipment suppliers have been rocketing anew lately on expectations that chip sales growth will continue to boom. The Semiconductor Industry Assn. reported Wednesday that worldwide chip sales surged to $12.7 billion in September, up 24% from a year ago and up 6.4% from August. The news sent the Philadelphia semiconductor index of 16 chip-making and equipment stocks up 4.6% to a record high of 597.72.