The Semiconductor Industries Association (SIA) says it can see light at the end of the tunnel in the chip market this year and next.
The US trade association said that, while overall sales of semiconductors are expected to drop 11 per cent this year compared to last, there are signs that the industry will grow by an estimated 3.5 per cent in this quarter.
Although sales of microprocessors have stayed steady during the year, with Intel showing increased revenue and profits, other companies selling memory and support components have had a disastrous year.
Memory, in particular, shows little sign of recovery, said the SIA. But it predicted that in 1997 the whole industry will grow by a forecast 7.4 per cent.
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