Wireless boosts chips

Hefty sales of wireless handsets boosted chip sales for some vendors last year, according to iSuppli, a market research firm. According to this report companies that were selling memory chips – Samsung, Infineon, AMD/Spansion and Hynix – and wireless chips – Texas Instruments, STMicroelectronics, Infineon, Philips Semiconductors, Freescale Semiconductor, Qualcomm, Analog Devices and Sharp Electronics – saw a high double digit growth in sales. Memory chips sales were up in 2004 43.5% in 2004 while wireless chip sales sales jump 31.2% for the year. This is the second year of serious growth for these two sectors, and that makes me wonder how long this boom can last!

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