Market research company Dataquest has issued a warning that the chip market is not as ebullient as it seemed in the past.
The company has said that it has revised its forecast that the worldwide semiconductor market will fall from its buoyant figure of $1,000 billion worldwide to $953 million.
The reason, the company said, was mostly due to unexpected switches in DRAM (memory) production.
While DRAMs are still set to fall during the year, Dataquest had hoped that the rise of new technologies - including the digital signal processing market (DSP) - would to some extent counterbalance the effects of changes in the Asian markets.
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