Chipmakers On A Rampage

Chipmakers on a Rampage

With demand for chips still surging after last year's sales record of $149 billion, chipmakers will soon head off on another buying binge for production equipment. Just now, though, the semiconductor industry is digesting the equipment purchased last year. For the suppliers of these esoteric machines, this year will easily top 1999, predicts market researcher Dataquest Inc. (chart)--but it's nothing like the bull that will rage next year.

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