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.
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.
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.
February 10, 1998
The Asian financial crisis will stunt growth in the global semiconductor market this year, with sales rising 7% rather than the 17% seen earlier, San Jose-based market researcher Dataquest said. The slowdown is due to falling production of electronic equipment, which uses chips. South Korean chip makers will enjoy cheaper production costs due to a depreciated currency, which should keep prices low. Dataquest now expects the market to grow to $160 billion, down from forecasts of $175 billion.
May 25, 1991 |
Japan and the United States have agreed on most issues in tough trade talks aimed at renewing a semiconductor pact that expires in July, a senior foreign ministry official said Friday. Japan, reluctant to renew the five-year pact on managing trade in microchips, the tiny memory devices that are at the heart of computers and other electronic equipment, said agreement is near after a meeting in Tokyo last week.
March 19, 1999 |
The U.S. semiconductor equipment book-to-bill ratio, which measures demand for U.S.-made tools used in making computer chips, rose to 1.17 in February as orders remained flat for the first time in five months. A ratio of 1.17 means that U.S. chip equipment makers took in $117 in new orders for every $100 of shipments. A ratio higher than 1.00 indicates a growing market. The higher book-to-bill ratio means that companies such as Applied Materials Inc., Novellus Systems Inc.
September 6, 2006 |
Sun Microsystems Inc. and Unisys Corp. have filed a U.S. lawsuit against South Korea's Hynix Semiconductor Inc., apparently seeking damages related to a memory chip price-fixing investigation by the federal government, Hynix said. Hynix said in a disclosure to South Korea's Financial Supervisory Service that the companies jointly filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Northern California. A spokesman for Hynix said the company would seek an out-of-court settlement.