Sematech members hit by chip recession

Sematech members hit by chip recession
David Manners The chip recession has had a bearing on Sematech, the semiconductor industry R&D consortium which rescued the US chip industry after the Japanese took the DRAM market away from it in the mid-80s. Sematech’s annual report says it will spend $25m less in 1999 than its $160m 1998 budget. National Semiconductor has said it will leave the consortium at the year end ‘for financial reasons’. National’s former president, chip industry pioneer Charlie Sporck, was the prime mover in the setting up of Sematech. Another member pulling out this year is Digital following its takeover by Compaq. This leaves Sematech with eight members: Advanced Micro Devices, Conexant (formerly Rockwell Semiconductor), Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel, Lucent Technologies, Motorola and Texas Instruments. The members of International Sematech are Philips, Siemens, STMicroelectronics, Hyundai, and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Sematech has been asking for more full members and is waiving the rule that they must be American.


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