Worldwide microchip sales in January – usually a weak month for sales – beat most analysts’ expectations by hitting US$18.3 billion, according to the latest figures from the Semiconductor Industry Association.
Intel has hit back after the firm's Japanese arm was warned by the Japanese Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) to stop allegedly offering incentives - such as discounts and kickbacks - to companies to buy its microprocessors. The commission suspects Intel Japan has given incentives to encourage clients to only buy its microprocessors. This practise is banned in Japan under the Antimonopoly Law. Although the commission has not fined Intel, it has set Intel ten days to respond or face further measures.
Sony Corporation has announced a management shake up that will see the first non-Japanese person to head the multi-national company. British born Sir Howard Stringer will take the reins of a new management team expected to be ratified by June 22nd start.
The Irish government has been forced to scrap a proposal to provide US semiconductor giant Intel with a multi-million-euro grant to build a new 6,000m2 next generation chip making plant in the country following pressure from the European Union.
The world’s largest PC maker Dell has dealt a blow to chip maker AMD’s quest to grow its share of the personal computer market by announcing that it will continue to only use Intel chips in its computers.