Chances Are That Chip Was Made On Japanese Gear

According to a new study, Japanese suppliers extended their dominance of the world market for semiconductor production equipment, the esoteric gear needed to make the silicon chips that form the bedrock of the computer and electronics industries. At the end of last year, reports market watcher VLSI Research Inc., Japanese companies held four of the top five positions. That's a dramatic reversal from just five years ago, when U. S. companies dominated the industry.

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