The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) has halved its predictions for chip market growth in 1997, following the fall of the yen and European currencies against the dollar.
The global chip industry is now forecast to grow 4.6 per cent to $138 million this year, compared with previous projections of nine per cent in real terms.
Volume sales growth will rise in line with the industry?s average growth rate of 17 per cent.
Microprocessor sales will increase 32.9 per cent to $24.6 million in 1997, beating Dram memory chip revenues for the first time.
Dram sales are expected to fall a further 20 per cent in 1997 to $20.1 billion. The Dram market plummeted 38.5 per cent in 1996 to $25.1 billion.
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