SEOUL, April 18- Samsung Electronics Co said on Friday it would license its latest chip manufacturing technology to U.S. firm GlobalFoundries, a move that would help it expand production as it vies with bigger rival TSMC for orders from customers like Apple Inc.» Read More
Applied Materials the largest supplier of tools for making microchips, gave a profit forecast on Wednesday that was far below Wall Street expectations, sending shares down 5 percent.
Global sales of microchips are expected to increase 7.7 percent in 2008, accelerating from a raised growth forecast of 3.8 percent this year, an industry group said Wednesday.
Texas Instruments said quarterly earnings grew 16 percent from the year-ago quarter thanks to strong analog chip sales, but the mobile chipmaker forecast revenues below analysts' estimates, sparking a drop in its stock.
Intel posted a 43% increase in quarterly profit, helped by higher sales of notebook personal computer microprocessors and its restructuring efforts. Shares surged after-hours.
Dutch chip equipment maker ASML said on Wednesday it received orders for 40 machines in the third quarter, broadly in line with average analyst estimates, as bookings rebounded from a second-quarter slump.
Samsung Electronics, the world's top memory chipmaker, on Thursday said quarterly profits remained flat as sluggish computer memory chip prices offset booming sales of flat screens.
Lam Research on Wednesday posted a better-than-expected rise in it fiscal fourth quarter revenue, paced by market share gains.
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Stocks ended lower on Wednesday as strong manufacturing data released this morning offset broad declines in the tech sector. "From a technical perspective, seeing this kind of pullback is not bad, you want to see consolidation and see some base build," said Sean Brodrick, senior commodities analyst at MoneyandMarkets.com.
Memory chipmaker Micron Technology posted a quarterly loss versus a year-ago profit, hit by declines in prices for chips used in digital cameras, music players and other devices.
Intel said on Wednesday it had won a mobile WiMax chip order from the world's top cellphone maker Nokia, which will use its semiconductors in Internet-focused devices from 2008.
Nvidia is rolling out a graphics microchip that will be embedded in the main collection of components that make up a personal computer, as the company goes toe to toe with Intel in the integrated graphics chip market.
Texas Instruments said Friday its board has approved an additional $5 billion share buyback and the company plans to raise its quarterly cash dividend by 25 percent.
Intel said on Tuesday it would be able to mass-produce computer processors with features one-third smaller than the current cutting edge within two years.
Intel shares slipped Friday, after a Merrill Lynch analyst downgraded the chipmaker's stock to neutral from buy.
Shares of Texas Instruments slipped Wednesday after the chip maker did not raise its sales forecast as some investors expected.
Texas Instruments narrowed its earnings and revenue guidance for the third quarter on Tuesday afternoon, sending shares lower in after-hours trading.
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