The semiconductor business in 1997 showed signs of recovery, a Dataquest survey said.
Sales of semiconductors worldwide amounted to $150 billion, said Dataquest, a growth rate year on year of 5.5 per cent.
Intel continued to dominate the market and also showed better growth than most of the other players, at 18.6 per cent, amounting to sales of $21 billion.
In number two position is NEC, showing a modest 2.2 per cent growth with $11 billion sales, while Motorola stayed the number three player, with a poor growth figure of 0.5 per cent.
Texas Instruments replaced Hitachi in fourth place, with the latter dropping to sixth place and showed a very healthy 8.4 per cent growth figure.
Memory continued to decline during 1997, with sales affected by a combination of factors including weak Asian currencies and over production.
Signs that the chip industry in general is on the mend continued as Motorola said it would invest an additional $15 million in its Taiwanese plant. And Intel said it will spend around $5.4 billion this year on expensive equipment used in its fabrication plants.
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