Tech Watch: Global chip sales hit record in '05

Global semiconductor sales reached a record high of $227.5 billion in 2005.

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Global semiconductor sales reached a record high of $227.5 billion in 2005, representing an increase of 6.8 percent from the $213b. sold in 2004, the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) said Thursday. Consumer electronics products such as cellular phones, digital cameras, digital televisions, and MP3 players were the principal drivers of increased demand for microchips, according to the SIA. Personal computer sales, the largest single market segment for semiconductors, remained strong, as unit shipments in the fourth quarter of 2005 were up 17% from the same period a year ago. The SIA forecasts worldwide sales of semis will grow 7.9% to $245b. in 2006. Migdal Ha'emek-based Camtek has received two orders totaling $1.9 million from a major Taiwanese maker of advanced IC substrates. The orders are for multiple high-end Pegasus and Dragon Fine Line systems, which the company plans to deliver and recognize as revenue in the first quarter. Petah Tikva-based Random Logic has signed a three-year, NIS 1.5m. to deploy the IT management systems solution, Unicenter R11, of US company Computer Associates. The main goal of the system's implementation is to bring a controlling and management center for all of Random Logic's applications and services for the Web sites the company manages. US lifecycle services company Pinnacle Data Systems and Israel's ASIS have jointly released their 2U AdvancedTCA shelf computer. As the slimmest shelf on the market, the PDSi 2U AdvancedTCA shelf is a full featured AdvancedTCA shelf and is PICMG 3.x compliant. BluePhoenix Solutions, a provider of enterprise IT modernization, has extended its strategic partnership with Temenos Group AG after the two won a contract with an international financial services organization. The current version of Temenos TCB Core Banking system is being developed and maintained using the BluePhoenix AppBuilder Platform Independent development environment. The new version will leverage the unique AppBuilder capability to generate code to multiple Platform Dependent Models - for this project, J2EE. Ceragon Networks, an Israeli provider of high-capacity broadband wireless systems, has implemented its FibeAir 1500P for the IP backhaul connectivity of NextWeb's pre-WiMAX network. NextWeb Inc. is California's largest fixed-wireless ISP for business.