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Semiconductor industry in recovery mode

The semiconductor industry is set to enter its first year of sustained recovery since 1995, with growth rates expected to exceed 20 per cent for 2000-2001, according to the latest forecast from the Semiconductor Industry Association.

Industry expectations are for 15 per cent growth with sales topping $US144 billion this year, 21 per cent growth with sales of $US174 billion in 2000, and 20 per cent growth and $209 billion in 2001.

`This is the year of recovery for the semiconductor industry,' said Brian Hall, president of the Association. `Demand for semiconductors will surge due to the proliferation of wired and wireless information appliances as well as Internet infrastructure products.'

The growth spurt will include discrete components, analog growth, MOS Logic, MOS Microcontrollers, MOS Microprocessors, MOS DRAM, SRAM, and Flash Memory.

The Asia-Pacific market will grow particularly rapidly, by 21 per cent to $US35 billion in 1999, 23 per cent to $US43 billion in 2000, and 25 per cent to $US53 billion in 2001, according to the forecast.

Exabyte appoints Australian distributor

ACA Pacific has signed on to distribute Exabyte's linear tape technology products and solutions tape storage products in Australia.

Joel Chow, Exabyte senior marketing manager for Asia-Pacific, said Exabyte aims to expand its distribution and channel marketing arrangement in Australia.

`One of the key drivers behind our channel expansion is to add value to customers and partners by providing high-class services and support and market leading technologies,' Chow said.

`This partnership represents a tremendous opportunity for both organisations to capture new customers and expand our market share of the storage distribution arena.'

Ramak Knibbs, Exabyte product manager at ACA Pacific, said his company's business philosophy was to distribute technologies that are recognised as `best of breed' in their respective market segments.

`As a value-added distributor specialising in storage technology, we are very enthusiastic to offer Exabyte tape storage as a complementary solution to the rapidly growing storage area network market,' Knibbs said.http://www.exabyte.com


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